I just happened to be checking in on this blog while watching SportsCenter tonight, and anchor Neil Everett just slipped in a quick “Save the Sonics” while introducing the team’s highlights from tonight’s Celtics game.
Everett didn’t say anything else about the franchise’s potential relocation, and the reference came at an odd time. So odd in fact that, excluding Washington and Oklahoma, I’m not sure many of the program’s millions of viewers got the reference. Or at least they might have thought he was talking about the team’s poor season. But since the reference seemed to be adlibbed on the show’s earliest night version which is live, there is no telling whether the reference will make it into the final cut that’s recorded and replayed throughout the morning.
Don’t know if it was Bill Simmons’ recent two-part piece on ESPN.com where he dumped hundred of e-mails from disgruntled Sonics fans on the Web site’s pages or what, but one thing’s for sure, the Sonics fans’ fight to keep their team in Seattle is definitely starting to get some national exposure.
On another note, SportsCenter doesn’t have a better anchor tandem than Neil Everett and Scott Van Pelt. Or is that just me?