08/29/2004: Thought for the Day:
Until recently, TNN was The Nashville Network. National replaced Nashville a couple of years back, and the demographic went from 10-gallon-hat-wearing country music fans to 17-year-old boys. SlamBall fits right in with the Baywatch reruns and Robot Wars episodes that litter the new TNN lineup--it's clearly trying to lure the PlayStation crowd. The slamballers like to call it the first team extreme sport, but this is an oxymoron--kids get into skating and snowboarding because they dislike the structure and reliance on others of team sports. It's really just a video game with real injuries, as instantly compelling and instantly disposable a product as Grand Theft Auto 3.
--Robert Weintraub [on the second iteration of SpikeTV]
Len on 08.29.04 @ 08:57 AM CST