Something very interesting occurred on Tuesday, May 10 on the late afternoon sports show, Around the Horn, that has prompted questions to have to be asked on the legitimacy of the scoring done by Tony Reali and it was maybe something that most viewers of show didn't notice.
Woody Paige, a Denver sportswriter, won for the day.
Casual viewers of the show might say that this isn't an anomaly or interesting, as Paige leads the other reporters in appearances and wins. I might be prompted to agree, but what happened at the end during his Facetime received for his win caught my eye.
What is normally a rant on a sports current event by the winner for 30 seconds was turned into a publication for a good cause by Paige.
There is absolutely no problem with this. Paige should even get praise for supporting a good cause, which was due occur on May 11.
A question does come up though on whether this win was preplanned so Paige could get those 30 seconds of Facetime. A rerun of the 5:00PM ESPN show on ESPN2 at 5:30PM confirmed these suspicions.
Review of the rerun showed that Paige had command of the lead from the get-go. He received 15 points very quickly during The First Word segment of the show when his argument was of equal essence as the other sportswriters. And after taking command of the lead due to the generous points given by Tony Reali, Paige never looked back.
No one was able to get closer than five points of his lead. And during the Final Showdown, Bob Ryan seemed in line for the win.
This though did not occur and Reali gave the points away by telling Paige "Never say that again."
All of this added up to an unfair Woody Paige win.
One might ask "why does this matter?"
Well, it matters because if the wins are fixed, then the show loses its edge. It practically makes it the same as PTI or 1st and 10.
What prompts viewers to watch the show is the competitiveness by the sportswriters in making their argument.
If the show is fixed, then the superlatives of the show disappear.