- Running gags on Pardon the Interruption
The longevity and popularity of the
ESPNshow " Pardon the Interruption", like its sister show " Around the Horn", has led to numerous running jokes between hosts Michael Wilbonand Tony Kornheiserthat longtime viewers recognize. Some of these are:
The Bald Brotherhood
Whenever a "friend" of "PTI" who happens to be bald (like
Charles Barkley) is mentioned or makes an appearance during "Five Good Minutes", Kornheiser will make reference to that fact and call him a member of "The Bald Brotherhood". [Douglas, Rowe. " [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14351769/ Successful MNF debuts by Kornheiser, Tirico] ", "Associated Press", 2006-08-18.] Wilbon finds Kornheiser's obsession with hair weird, refutes Kornheiser's assessment that he is bald (Wilbon states that he has the shaved hairstyle), and he will either make no comment about another person's hairstyle or, when asked about what a person should do with their hair when it is receding, will decree that they should "Be a man and take a razor to that, big boy!" Conversely, when a guest with an inordinate amount of hair (e.g., a mullet) appears, Kornheiser will often express jealousy, sometimes exclaiming, "Look at that hair!" The Bald Brotherhood denied Britney Spears's entry to the elite club because both hosts felt Britney Spears hurt the name and the respect the group experienced in the past.
Wilbon often says that if a person is acting horribly, said person deserves a "Beatdown". Wilbon usually exclaims "I got two words for you: BEAT! DOWN!"
I'm a man! I'm 40!
Wilbon or Kornheiser occasionally use this saying, made famous and coined by
Mike Gundy, the head football coach at the Oklahoma State University, who went off on a rant during a post-game media conference regarding an article about one of his players on September 22, 2007. At one point, while defending one of his players, Gundy said: "Come after me! I'm a man! I'm 40!"
Dap, a handshake greeting first popular among African-Americans in the 1960s, is understood to represent credit, or props, after deserving respect for a performance. As in, "Give my boy some dap!" Dap can also be given for correctly predicting something. The logo for DAP Technologies appears on the set as a play on that, as well as occasionally a small tub of DAP
When discussing a personality that one of the hosts particularly likes, that person will be referred to as the host's "boy..." For example, Kornheiser may address
Dallas Mavericksowner Mark Cubanto Wilbon as "Your boy Cuban" or "Your boy Cubes." The phrase is often used sarcastically, as well, for someone a host dislikes.
*Other Kornheiser "boys" include basketball coach Larry Brown (a fellow native of
Long Beach, New York, who was once Kornheiser's summer camp counselor), Miami Heathead coach Pat Riley, former Dallas Cowboyshead coach Bill Parcells, Oakland Raidersowner Al Davis, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady(often referred to by Wilbon as "The Golden Boy"), former Baltimore Ravenscoach Brian Billick(whom Kornheiser used to call a "preening schmo"), Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre, and former catcher Mike Piazza.
*Wilbon "boys" include
Chicagosports legends Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers, Ernie Banks, Michael Jordanand current Chicago Bearslinebacker Brian Urlacher; Houston Rocketscenter Yao Ming(who Kornheiser previously called a "stick figure"), Hugh Hefner, and Philadelphia Eaglesquarterback and Chicago native Donovan McNabb. [http://discuss.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/zforum/05/sports_wilbon020705.htm The Chad House transcript] , "Washington Post", 2005-02-07.]
*Each co-host has referred to
Dallas Cowboyswide receiver Terrell Owensas "your boy." Wilbon usually objects when Kornheiser does this, as he has been a frequent critic of Owens' misbehavior. Similarly Rory Sabbatini's comments about Tiger Woodshas seen him simultaneously and disparagingly referred to as "your boy" by Kornheiser and Wilbon.
*Occasionally, one host or the other may refer to "your girl," including Wilbon's appreciation of
University of Tennesseewomen's basketball coach Pat Summitt, Kornheiser's hyping of teenage golf prodigy Michelle Wie, and Kornheiser's apparent dating interest in elderly women such as US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Wilbon referred to Rosie O'Donnell as Kornheiser's newest "girl". Wilbon's newest girl is Britney Spears after shaving her head.
Confusing a little known athlete with someone similarly named
When an athlete is discussed that a
panelistis not familiar with, he will often say he would not know him or her from someone sharing his first or last name. For example, Kornheiser said he would not be able to tell the Boston Celtics power forward Leon Powe from Edgar Allan Poe. The panelists will also say that they would not recognize some figure if he "walked into the studio with his name on his shirt." On the January 30, 2008 episode Dan LeBatard called Kornheiser on this, to which Kornheiser replied, "That's my move baby. That's it. That's all I got."
Wilbon on the road
Wilbon frequently does remotes from cities where he's covering an event, particularly during the NBA Playoffs. Kornheiser doesn't like this, saying he hates to travel. Wilbon will occasionally remind Kornheiser that they are journalists, and have to actually cover sports. Kornheiser hates to take all the letters during the Mail Time segment when Wilbon is on the road; he once even made ombudsman
Tony Realido it. On March 27, 2006, Kornheiser finally had to do a remote and Wilbon announced that he was glad to take all the letters out of the box. Kornheiser and Wilbon are both on the road for " Monday Night Football" games to accommodate Kornheiser being a commentator for the program.
"Gots" to go!
One of Kornheiser's favorite expressions, which he uses for something which is completely unacceptable or untenable; for example, "He gots to go" or "He's in a gots to go situation."
Kornheiser and "Monday Night Football"
Kornheiser occasionally receives criticism with his job on "ESPN's Monday Night Football" and jokes about his job status as color commentator on the show. On the February 26, 2008 edition, Kornheiser suggested that
Michael Strahantake his job, and even suggests to Wilbon to take his job, a claim that he takes back after realizing that both of them work on "MNF".
During a 2003
Sunday Night Footballgame on ESPN, Joe Namathwas interviewed by Suzy Kolberin a sideline interview. Namath, obviously drunk, told Suzy that he could not care less that the team was "strugg-a-ling" after saying to Kolber, "I just want to kiss you." [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og2Nj6hFGF4 YouTube - Joe Namath Drunk] ] Namath's near incoherent pronunciation of "struggling" is used frequently by Wilbon and Kornheiser. (Reali also uses it frequently on " Around the Horn".)
The Yanks and the Sawks!
Wilbon has a dislike for the heated rivalry between the
New York Yankeesand the Boston Red Sox, and, particularly, how every story about the two teams is overblown, while the same story in the context of another team won't make national headlines. Wilbon will say this whenever a show topic involving the rivalry will come up, using a faux-Boston accent when saying "Sox" to make it sound like "Sawks". [ [http://www.yard-work.org/?p=164 "PTI" - May 11, 2005] ]
*The apparent (though not definite) origin of this phrase seems to have been in a show dating from October 2003, just days after the end of the
2003 World Series. As the Yankees had made it to the series (losing to the Florida Marlins) and had played Boston in the ALCS, the headline topic on the show concerned the off-season "arms race" (to use Wilbon's term) between the two teams, specifically the attempts by Boston to trade for Alex Rodriguez(who ultimately ended up with the Yankees). Wilbon was infuriated that the show had to talk about baseball with the World Series just barely over, and continued to harass Kornheiser about his love of the "Yanks-Sawks" rivalry throughout the rest of that day's show. It's unclear whether this episode was the origin of the phrase's use by Wilbon.
*At one point in the 2003-04 off-season, instead of just whispering, "PTI!" to close the show, Kornheiser whispered, "PTI" loves the Yanks and the Sawks!" Wilbon, using a phrase from the "Men On Film" sketch from the TV show "
In Living Color", said, "HATE IT!!!"
*During the aftermath of the
Chicago White SoxWorld Series championship in 2005, Wilbon acerbically asked if Kornheiser was referring to the White "Sox", instead of the Red "Sawks". He seldom brings up the White Sox in that particular context anymore.
Kornheiser often makes self-deprecating references to his alleged "old age", saying, for instance, that when he was younger he used to "run with" Engelbert Humperdinck. The most famous manifestation of this is his affection (or professed affection anyway) for such famous older women as
Rue McClanahanand Bea Arthur (from " The Golden Girls" TV series), Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the "Fragile French Judge" ( Marie-Reine Le Gougne), among others. Anytime any beautiful girl is mentioned Wilbon says he prefers Jessica Alba. Wilbon has dubbed him an "expert" in this field, as he likes to start out the "Happy" segments of the show with a birthday of an older woman.
"You Play to Win the Game"
2002 NFL season, then- New York Jetshead coach Herman Edwardsmade this statement during a press conference. [Edwards, Herman (2004). "You Play to Win The Game", ISBN 0071445099.] This has become a favorite phrase between both Kornheiser and Wilbon, and has been used recently after Herm was on the show.
The Hate-able Dan Le Batard
Miami Herald" columnist Dan Le Batardhad a rather cold reception from fans following his first "PTI" guest appearance in 2004, who deluged ESPN with anti-Le Batard e-mails. Le Batard is a regular guest on the show when Kornheiser or Wilbon are away, and is often referred to as the "Hateable Dan Le Batard". As of late, the show's crew has habitually booed Le Batard during his introduction. In the 1000th episode celebration, Reali can be heard screaming "I hate Le Batard!" from across the studio. On the July 3, 2007 episode, Reali could also be heard chucking many insults at Le Batard such as, "You are dead to me Le Batard! Dead to me!". Le Batard was also named as one of the biggest turkeys of the year on the 2006 Thanksgivingedition of "PTI". At the beginning of one show, Le Batard opened with "Hey everyone, I'm Dan Le Batard or, as one e-mail called me, Dan Le Ba-turd." To which Kornheiser replied, "Oh, you got my e-mail!"
He Who Shall Not Be Named
Kornheiser's nickname for former "
Chicago Sun-Times" journalist, " Around the Horn" panelist, and occasional "PTI" guest host Jay Mariotti, on account of his feud with Kornheiser. [ [http://www.tv.com/jay-mariotti/person/235877/biography.html Website discussing Kornheiser/Mariotti feud] ]
Stick Figure" has been Kornheiser's derisive term for Yao Mingwhen the Chinese-born 7'6" center first entered the NBA. With his high level of recent play, Wilbon enjoys reminding Kornheiser of his predictions of failure for Ming, recalling the term. Wilbon has also called Kornheiser on this during the Houston Rocketsrecent win streak during which Yao was lost for the season.
Tony's Day Off
Wilbon frequently jokes at Kornheiser's so-called whereabout while off, particularly during long breaks when guest hosts are filling in, and often refers to him "Uncle Tony" or "Old Man Kornheiser".
Kornheiser has been very fond using
Uranusjokes (as in the "Your anus" pun) on the show, particularly during the show's opening (Wilbon, understandably, finds these jokes highly immature, and often responds with a very loud and sarcastic laugh). On March 26, 2006, the anniversary of the planet's 1781discovery by astronomer William Herschel, Kornheiser celebrated the planet Uranus's 225th "birthday" during the "Happy Time" segment. On July 12, 2006, Dan Le Batard, on a day when Kornhesier was absent, referenced Kornheiser (as he often does with Wilbon) by making a "Uranus joke" during the opening in response to Wilbon's statement about the "Discovery" shuttle crew losing a spatula.
Addressing the audience
*Kornhesier will sometimes address the audience with either "brothers from another mother" or "sisters from another mister".
*Wilbon's affectionate term for the "PTI" audience is 'Knuckleheads'. [ [http://www.tv.com/michael-wilbon/person/212275/summary.html TV.com - Michael Wilbon] ] It is usually used as a send off at the end of an episode.
The "PTI" Sign
A sign of the "PTI" logo on a stick held up by Kornhesier at the end of the show. In an imitation of the show's closing animation, he waves the sign in front of his face.
Note: Sometimes, Kornheiser whispers "PTI" at the end of the show just before the camera cuts out and shows the PTI logo on a black background accompanied by a recording of "PTI" being whispered by a woman's voice.
Anthony Joseph Reali
Reali moderates the Over/Under and Odds Makers segments. Rather than introduce him as "Stat Boy," as he previously had, Kornheiser (or Wilbon when Kornheiser is absent or the guest host when both are absent) usually refers to Reali's actual name but starting with the
April 10, 2006episode Kornheiser used Reali's first, middle, and last name. That would soon become a regular occurrence that becomes humorous when Reali is given other middle names, which are the first and last names of famous people. However, as Over/Under has been used less, Reali does not receive a nickname at the beginning of that segment anymore (except May 21, 2008when he was given Cristiano Ronaldoas middle names).
A flashy entry that Le Batard tried to popularize during a run as fill-in for Kornheiser, who put it down immediately upon return. Le Batard appropriated the word from, and to parody, cooking-show host
Emeril Lagasse. He now calls himself "Dan LeBAMatard!" On November 1, 2006Dan repeatedly sang (or shouted) "Bam" rather than lyrics to the melodies of various songs just before and after commercial breaks. On July 13, 2007, Wilbon asked if viewers if they were nervous about Friday the 13th- Le Batard appeared with a devil's pitchfork and yelled with a deep voice, "BAM!" For the rest of the following week, Le Batard opened every show with "BAM!" to Wilbon's dismay.
Currently used by both Wilbon and Kornheiser, and especially by Reali during Odds Makers, to indicate zero (0). Repeated zeroes can result in a "double-" or "triple-"squa-doosh. On
October 11, 2007, Wilbon achieved a "quintuple-squa-doosh" by providing a response of 0% to all five Odds Makers questions.
Le Batard vs. Reali on Odds Makers
During the "Odds Makers" game, Le Batard annoyed Reali to no end by constantly just selecting one percentage point above or below his opponent's selection for every topic. This antipathy had apparently dissipated as on the
November 1, 2006show, Reali declared Le Batard the winner in Odds Makers for the first time in the history of the segment. On March 8, 2007, though, Le Batard once again pulled the same stunt, including a vote of "99 1/2 percent" (to Tony's 98%), outraging an amused Reali, who berated him, "Dan, there's a reason why we get emails calling you "Le Bafart", "Le Baturd", "Le Bajerk"..." Reali expresses wariness every time Le Batard plays "Odds Makers", fearing what he refers to as "a joke performance". Lately, Le Batard constantly tries to win "Odds Makers", but claims the game is "fixed" against him, a conspiracy Reali gleefully affirms.
Badmouthing the guest behind his/her back
At the conclusion of Five Good Minutes, Kornheiser will occasionally throw to break by saying that when they return, Wilbon will talk smack about the guest behind his/her back. On rare occasions (especially when Kornheiser is on the road) Wilbon will turn the gag around on Kornheiser.
Some sports personalities have been referred to with the middle initial "F," in place of a profanity, perhaps inspired by Red Sox fans referring to former
New York Yankeesshortstop and 1978 playoff hero as "Bucky F. Dent." The most notable examples are "Donovan F. McNabb" and Baltimore Ravenshead coach "Brian F. Billick."
The hot tub at Wilbon's
When listing three personalities that will be discussed in the Happy Time or The Big Finish segments, Kornheiser will follow up by stating "now that sounds like the hot tub at Wilbon's!" or "which one are you kicking out of your hot tub, Wilbon?" The gag has become so prominent that a sign pointing in the direction of the supposed hot tub resides on the set.
Starting in 2006, Kornheiser started waving a maple leaf flag at the end of the regular PTI show (before the extra
Sportscentersegment) and say "Goodnight, Canada." PTI is shown on TSN in Canada, which does not air the last segment. He has said goodnight to a few other countries, most notably using the signoff, "Stay Classy, Finland." This was done as a reference to the sign-off used by Will Ferrellas Ron Burgundyin the film "".
Tony and the bus
Wilbon making a crack at Kornheiser's reluctance to fly, usually due to the "
Monday Night Football" schedule. After Week 3, he commented that they had to drug Kornheiser to get him on the plane and back in time for the taping of "PTI".
"PTI" travel blazer
Red blazers with a "PTI" logo on the breast were given to Kornheiser and Wilbon when they broadcast from the site of the first "
Monday Night Football" with Kornheiser as part of the announcing team. Wilbon has refused to wear the jacket since that first week while Kornheiser wears his blazer proudly, and has added other garish colors over the last season. Kornheiser recently offered to retire the blazer if basketball legend Charles Barkleywould agree to be a contestant on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars".
The Penguin Dance
Kornheiser had invented a so-called "penguin dance" which he started using on the show in April 2006. He claims that it is "sweeping the nation", but Wilbon found it annoying. On
May 12, 2006, Bob Ryanfilled in for Kornheiser and performed the penguin dance in his absence. [ [http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/PardontheInterruption/message/133 Yahoo! Groups ] ] On June 8, 2006, when "PTI" showed footage of penguins playing soccer, Kornheiser stated that he wants to see them do the penguin dance after they score, and Wilbon announced that he was sick of the clip after just one showing. On August 8, 2006, Kornheiser did the penguin dance, anointing himself the winner of "Toss-Up" "before" the segment had started in order to doubly annoy Wilbon. The Penguin Dance is only seldom done now, including on April 13, 2007, when Wilbon made a reference to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Kornheiser performed the penguin dance during the opening sequence on June 25, 2007, when Wilbon said that scientists in Peruhave found the bones of five-foot-tall penguins. April 8, 2008featured a penguin dance during the Big Finish segment. On October 2, 2008, with regard to the Vice Presidential Debate taking place that night, Kornheiser advised the candidates that if they "don't have a stance, Penguin Dance!". In response to Wilbon's musings about what states Kornheiser could carry with the Penguin Dance, he replied that " [he'd] carry all the red states, [and] carry all the blue states".
The Angry Crab
On an episode of PTI, Wilbon asked Kornheiser what he would do if he lost his job. Kornheiser replied that he would "get back into porn". He jokingly stated that he needed money in the late sixties and also, that his signature move was called "The Angry Crab". Kornheiser continues to refer to "The Angry Crab" on many episodes.
Greg Oden's Age
During the 2006-07 college basketball season, Kornheiser noted that
Ohio State Universityplayer Greg Odenlooks older than his years, commenting that he looks like the "Old LeBron" from LeBron James's commercials. At one point Kornheiser remarked incredulously, "He's been shaving since 1975!" While discussing Oden's blog on the June 12, 2007show, Kornheiser quipped, "He's 62 years old, anyway," when his emotional maturity was praised. Kornheiser previously made similar jokes at soccer player Freddy Adufor the same reason.
Dikembe Mutombo's Voice
Wilbon and Kornheiser both express love for
Dikembe Mutombo's " Cookie Monster" voice. Wilbon loves to do voice impressions of Mutombo's voice, which Kornheiser eagerly encourages but cannot do very well himself.
Make it rain!
Wilbon started using the phrase "make it rain" after
Pacman Jones's incident during the 2007 NBA All-Star weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. To "make it rain" is an expression, popularized in hip-hop music by the likes of Lil Wayne, for tossing up excessive amounts of dollar bills inside of a strip club and showering it over the strippers and onto the floor, to give the effect that it is raining cash for the dancers. Wilbon and Kornheiser appear to be fond of this expression and as of April 27, 2007, Tony has also picked up talking about his intentions to "Make it rain!"
Get me a Sammich!
O. J. Mayostory had aired, in which he wouldn't give USC basketball coach Tim Floydhis cell phone number or any other information, Wilbon declared that Mayo had unlimited control over Floyd, and said, "Coach, get me a sammich!". The gag has been repeated any time a certain sports figure "owns" another.
No guest today
Recently, PTI has been omitting the Five Good Minutes segment more often than in the past, leading to another Headlines segment. On these occasions, Kornheiser would say "No guest today, or as (random sports figure or people) would say," with Wilbon responding often with a weak accent.
* Wilbon as Shaquille O'Neal: "Hey. Bro. No guest today. Forget about it."
* Wilbon as Dikembe Mutombo: "No guest today. Not in my house." (Mutombo is known for swatting away a shot, wagging his index finger, and saying, "Not in my house!" as in his home arena.)When Dan Le Batard is subbing for Kornheiser and there is no guest for Five Good Minutes, Wilbon often jokes that the segment is being omitted because nobody is willing to be co-interviewed by Le Batard.
Whenever Kornheiser and Wilbon square off in "Toss-Up", Kornheiser has always declared himself the winner, loudly and assuredly, saying such lines as, "Well, whaddaya know? I WIN!" or "Of course, I win. The streak continues!" The only times Wilbon officially "won" were against guests (Le Batard, Ryan) or when Kornheiser was on the road. However, as of late Reali and Wilbon have paid Kornheiser back during the Odds Maker segments, with Wilbon having won almost every match-up.
A "PTI" investigation!
When going to commercial break and discussing the upcoming stories on "PTI", one of the hosts will proclaim to be launching "a "PTI" investigation" into a story that seems unbelievable. The story discussed is usually something indirectly related to sports, in that it involves a sports figure, or a cultural topic making news.
Tony's TV Picks
At the end of each episode, when the hosts make their choices as to what to watch on TV later that night, Wilbon chooses some type of sporting event the vast majority of the time. However, Kornheiser often opts to watch a non-sporting event such as a reality show, if anything at all. Common choices are programs such as
American Idoland Dancing With The Stars, if they are in season. Otherwise, he will elect for something like a documentary, a televised movie, and sometimes will admit that he isn't going to watch anything. For example, he will instead say that he is going out to dinner or going to bed, which Wilbon ribs him for. Other times, Kornheiser will openly admit that he isn't going to watch a certain sporting event because they are 'past his bedtime.' In the past, Tony would declare he was watching EntourageOn Demand.
June 5, 2008, Kornheiser received a diagnosis for a herniaand had surgery scheduled for it, prompting a string of jokes regarding it, including Tony's begging out of physical activities - to Wilbon's derision and scorn - because of it.cite web|url=http://onthedlpodcast.com/Blog_Podcast/Blog/Entries/2008/6/5_Tony_Kornheiser_Has_Hernia_-_Lands_on_DL.html|title=On the DL Podcast, June 5] On August 15, 2008, Kornheiser exclaimed concern for "discoloration" after hernia surgery, to Wilbon's disgust.
The trampoline bear
A large brown bear stuck in a tree in
Missoula, Montana[" [http://www.komotv.com/news/archive/4104231.html Follow The Bouncing Bear] ", "KOMO", 2003-09-10.] is shown being shot with a tranquilizer dartand falling onto a large trampoline, as originally seen on KOMO 4, a Seattle television station. [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y41tM0eBFxc Bear on a trampoline] , YouTube.] The bear bounces so high off of the trampoline that it, ultimately, lands head-first on the ground below. Reali once appeared on the show as a bear heavily bandaged during the peak of this gag's saturation. Warren Sapphas proclaimed himself a fan of the video and requested it to be shown during an interview in 2004. On January 29, 2007, Sapp was interviewed on the Five Good Minutes segment. After the segment was over, he requested the video, which was shown much to Kornhieser's pleasure. Wilbon, however, dislikes the clip immensely. In 2004, it was shown on a semi-regular basis, but is now used only on special occasions. The video was parodied on the January 4, 2007episode of " My Name Is Earl", with Randy Hickeyin the place of the bear. The trampoline bear video returned on March 6, 2008at the end of an interview with Warren Sapp.
"Man vs. Beast"
2003, FOX aired a one-night reality special called " Man vs. Beast", featuring humans that are at the top of their particular athletic field being challenged to a competition against an animal. One such competition was a hot dog-eating contest between Takeru Kobayashiand a black bear, which the bear easily won. Kornheiser loved the program and even spent three segments of the show discussing and reviewing it. He remains especially enamored of a quote by "Man vs. Beast" color analyst Carl Lewis, who suggested during the telecast that one key to a zebra beating Shawn Crawfordin a forthcoming sprint race was the zebra's 'focus.' [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5QwYJoLUfE Man vs Beast] , YouTube.]
Early during the run of the show, Kornheiser would make fun of the fact Wilbon always wore shorts instead of pants, while wearing a jacket and buttoned-up polo shirt. Often, the camera would pull back to reveal the fact that Wilbon indeed was only wearing shorts. More recently, during the hot days of summer, Kornhesier has stated that Wilbon is wearing no pants at all. He'd occasionally throw a pant jab out when Whitlock was hosting, which usually gets no response. During the
October 31, 2006edition, Wilbon appeared on the " SportsCenter" set to tease the next "PTI" topic wearing a suit with slacks. It was a rare occasion, outside of his "Sports Reporters" appearances, when Wilbon has ever been seen on camera wearing dress slacks. However, on an July 30, 2008show, Wilbon was caught on camera not wearing his pants.cite web|url=http://awfulannouncing.blogspot.com/2008/07/mike-wilbon-is-not-fan-of-long-pants.html|title=Mike Wilbon Is Not A Fan Of Long Pants|date=2008-07-31|work=AwfulAnnouncing.com]
"Do the Mavericks have enough defense to win in the playoffs?"
2002-03 NBA seasonthe Dallas Maverickshad an explosive high-powered offense that was coupled with a porous, terrible defense. It was debated ad nauseamwhether this "outscore the other team" philosophy would be successful in the playoffs to the point where the question "Do the Mavericks have enough defense to win in the playoffs?" was referenced when any debate became monotonous.
A long-running, though now-defunct running gag involved continual references (often with little or no context) to
ESPNcommentator and college football expert Beano Cook. [ [http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/chatESPN?event_id=5130 Chat with Beano Cook] , "ESPN.com".] (Example: In the December 9, 2003, show's opening, Wilbon announced that Gwyneth Paltrowwas pregnant; Kornheiser responded: "Beano Cook, gettin' it done again!") However, neither Kornheiser nor Wilbon has used a "Beano" joke since early 2004. Most recently, guest host Dan LeBatard mentioned Beano Cook in a September 2008 show.
A past popular saying of Kornheiser's was that he and/or Wilbon would, upon hearing news of a player, coach, or fan(s) acting out of hand, proclaim that the team/league/police in question should "prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law!" [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39699-2004Feb13.html The Chat House transcript] , "Washington Post",
2004-02-20.] For a while, this was one of the show's most widely used catch phrases, but since early 2005has been used only sparingly, if at all, by the two.
Marat Safin's Girlfriend
One Monday in
2005, Kornheiser got hold of video of the girlfriend of Russian tennis player Marat Safincheering him on at a match, and continually played the video for the rest of that week, professing to have a crush on her, and stated that she was "Top Five Worldwide." He even went as far as to originate the idea to send Safin himself to the Moon (simply as a joke, of course), to which Reali replied that Kornheiser was "absolutely ridiculous." Kornheiser repeatedly referred to Safin's girlfriend as "the future Mrs. Kornheiser."
In early episodes of the show, Wilbon would occasionally express dismay that viewers writing in the Mail Time segment would continually misspell his name - Wilbone, Wilpon, etc. In a 2005 episode, he and Kornheiser read a letter which referred to him as "Wilton".
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