I was just watching Pardon the Interruption, the ESPN sports show featuring the opinions and views of sports writers Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on just about every important sports story of the day.
I’ve channel surfed past this show countless times as I searched for something worth watching during those nebulous minutes which are wedged in between the end of the work day and TV-land’s mythical “prime time”.
Momentary pauses to watch the program for a few seconds have, over time, grown into longer and more frequent viewings. Along the way, I’ve come to recognize that Pardon the Interruption may well be an acquired taste. It has only been within the past few months that I’ve come to truly appreciate the show’s worthiness as an entertaining source of sports information and topical updates.
One of the highlights of this evening’s program were the back-to-back interviews with Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel (aka Johnny Football) and Notre Dame’s Mantei Te’o, two of the leading candidates for this season’s Heisman trophy, presented annually to the most outstanding player in collegiate football.
It was so refreshing to watch two such unassuming young men represent themselves, as well as their teams, with genuine humbleness and gratitude for the opportunity. They both demonstrated understated dignity during their respective interviews, a trait totally lost on far too many of today’s predominant college and professional athletes.
I don’t really have a favorite in this year’s Heisman Trophy race; I rarely do. But I rest assured that either of these young men will be worthy recipients if the award happens to come their way on Saturday night. On second thought, I hope that the nod goes to the senior, Mantei Te’o. As a freshman, Manziel has three more opportunities to pick one up.
In the meantime, I applaud Kornheiser and Wilbon for their interviews of these two young men.