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Old 01-16-2007, 07:04 PM   #1
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Sports Print Edition Neil Best
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Frankly, Smith is silenced
January 16, 2007

Stephen A. Smith's volume dial was turned down to 1, his trademark bombast on mute.

"I have to sit back and get some rest and take stock in my life and where I am moving forward," he said quietly Friday, an hour after ESPN announced the cancellation of his talk show, "Quite Frankly."

This was a long way from the summer of 2005, when various media outlets, including Sports Illustrated, profiled Smith as a rising star in sports punditry, a lightning rod many loved to hate.

SI called him "the most despised personality on the air today."

But ESPN's then executive VP Mark Shapiro said, "Stephen A. Smith moves the needle on ratings ... People might come back because they hate him. The bottom line is they come back."

As it turned out, they didn't. His show got weak ratings on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m., then switched to 11 on Jan. 30, 2006. Since then it averaged 0.3 percent of cable homes, a total of about 240,000.

Smith praised his staff and insisted the show was "getting better and better," but added that given the production costs for a daily, hour-long show in Manhattan, the audience did not justify the price tag.

"Would it have succeeded on ESPN [rather than on ESPN2] or in a different time slot?" he said. "I can't blame anybody for that but myself, because I'm the one who wanted to move it to 11.

"The finger should be pointed at me."

Quite frankly, the show simply never caught on, and staff members regularly were outside Penn Station trying to drum up even a studio audience.

So it is difficult to fault ESPN, and Smith didn't, saying "the buck stops with me."

Still, something was lost with its demise. Defending Smith can get people nearly as upset as they get at Smith himself, but we can take it, so here goes:

On the last episode much of the show was devoted to a panel discussion featuring three black journalists in addition to Smith and one who is a Korean-American. Some subjects that touched on racial issues led to heated disagreements and points of view not often heard on national shows.

It was good stuff, the kind that shows the potential Smith, 39, has as a loud, distinctive voice amid the cacophony of sports talk.

That doesn't excuse his excesses, such as questionable reporting, shouting for the sake of shouting and sexist guy talk on his ESPN 1050 radio show. But you have to admire the spunk of the chronic hustler out of Hollis, Queens.

The end of "Quite Frankly" is far from the end of Smith. He plans to continue writing a column for The Philadelphia Inquirer and doing his radio show. ESPN said it would expand his presence on SportsCenter and as an NBA analyst.

"For the first time in my career, I was a little tired and I do think I bit off more than I can chew," he said. "No matter how well people think I handled it, the toll was significant and substantial.

"But I'm OK. If anything I'm going to be even more of a fixture on the NBA and hopefully the NFL. I don't plan on going anywhere. I'll be around. I just need some rest."

http://www.newsday.com/sports/printe...y-sports-print

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Old 01-16-2007, 07:06 PM   #2
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nobody watched that ****, it's been proved before that the guy is a fool. They should give barkley a show.
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:07 PM   #3
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he pretends to ask hard questions, but he's one of the biggest ass kissers on tv. he had it coming.
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:09 PM   #4
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The ones with Iverson, John Mccain, and just about any athlete from the 70s were quality. But I almost never watched the show.
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:09 PM   #5
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nobody watched that ****, it's been proved before that the guy is a fool. They should give barkley a show.

Because Barkley isn't an idiot?

He's a great part of a studio trio/quartet, but his own show would go down in flames.
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:13 PM   #6
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Great news. I never watched the show, but at least we will get to see some more fabulous Texas Hold 'em. HOORAY!







I hope my sarcasm was detected.

PS. I'm glad this show is off the air, is about time. I'm sick of SAS, and I refuse to watch him because he sucks.
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:13 PM   #7
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Quite Frankly, SAS's show sucked. The only thing worse would be being forced to watch Stuart Scott.
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:15 PM   #8
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Because Barkley isn't an idiot?

He's a great part of a studio trio/quartet, but his own show would go down in flames.
but barkley is funny and people respect him. Barkley has personality and can back it up while SAS just tries to be a smart ass and is annoying
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:17 PM   #9
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but barkley is funny and people respect him. Barkley has personality and can back it up while SAS just tries to be a smart ass and is annoying

I'll give you that.
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:38 PM   #10
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when the show first came out i was really excited i thought it would be like jim rome. but its an hour of crap interviews. i dont want to watch that
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:43 PM   #11
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Barkley's show would suck. You need kenny and ernie.

Glad SAS is shutdown for now. What a pompous twit.

And and this is OT, but JBL from WWE is the best announcer of any sort in the world today.

"He's French AND Canadian. I double hate him."
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Old 01-16-2007, 07:59 PM   #12
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i dunno, i generally dont like him but he did have some good interviews.

i thought the show was starting to get better personally.
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Old 01-16-2007, 08:08 PM   #13
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i watched about 8 minutes total of it when it was on the air.


did it end up airing sunday mornings at 4 am like i anticipated?
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Old 01-16-2007, 08:12 PM   #14
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I hate to see his show get cancelled, but I didn't watch it often.

Maybe they should give him a Rome is Burning type of show, that is just 30 minutes. I'd definately watch it then, in fact just give him Rome's spot. 1 hour was too long anyways, there's not much you can talk about for an hour on sports talk shows. It would be great if he replaced Woody for 1st and 10.
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:28 PM   #15
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I wasn't a big fan but he did get awesome guests like Isiah Thomas/Knight at the same time, Joe Montana, Iverson right before the trade, Shaq, etc etc.
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