By Paul M. Banks
If these trends continue, perhaps one day soon Jenn Sterger will be known as something more than a low-rent Jennifer Love Hewitt with implants. Who then got rid of those implants. And now re-invents herself post implants. (Which is a mildly interesting story in itself).
And I have to say, both the show and her work on it as “Jenny from the Blogs,” exceeded my expectations so far.
“The Daily Line,” airs 6PM ET on Versus, a channel that me and 7 whole other people in the world receive on their cable package. Ok, it’s not that obscure, but trying to watch the Chicago Blackhawks’ road playoff games on Versus last spring was quite an adventure because so few people who had the network. (Wow, is Gary Bettman a complete moron for screwing his league). TDL is not abrasive and annoying like “Around the Horn,” and the personalities on the show are much less douchier than the Eastern Seaboard Programming Network’s talking heads, who incessantly engage in faux screaming matches with each other while holding down positions on issues that no one actually believes.
After watching a few shows, I realized how it’s more focused on the quantifiable aspects of sports. It doesn’t replicate Bristol’s bloviating blowholes- Jay Mariottti would never be allowed on the set. Jenn is the internet media person, there’s a numbers guy, and the remaining two dudes also each have their own sports super power. And I’m sure when danger strikes, the sports super friends powers combine and ACTIVATE!
And of course, the show focuses much more on the NHL than other talk shows (you know that whole network cross-promotion thing every media outlet does…by the way have you read my latest NFL Mock Draft? Click here!)
Back to Sterger, who is (like she said in that infamous interview when she took bitter cheap shots at Erin Andrews) “#1 on the computer.” It’s true, Jenny from the blogs is search engine gold, and a web traffic bonanza. I’ll be the first to admit that. However, the reason I found her above average performance on this show such a surprise is…
…I’ve never found anything she’s written online to be worthwhile. Ever. I’ve read dozens of her pieces in multiple outlets, and not one seemed like anything beyond what your typical angst-riddled and awkward 11th grader rambles into her Macbook. And in all the video interviews I’ve seen of her online, she had about as much warmth and charm as Dick Cheney. To be blunt, she came off as the ugly band nerd who turned suddenly, somehow sexy one summer, and then went on a mission to ruthlessly use her hotness against everyone she believed had previously wronged her. And there are a handful of girls like this in every graduating class-believe me!
But on this show, she’s found her niche, and because it’s so useful to what I do everyday, I’m going to watch her segment much more closely than the rest of the show. It offers the hottest links and viral vids of the day. And they even bring on prominent bloggers and talk to them like they’re real people!
Yes, the hosts and the hostess treat the sports bloggers as if they are actually contributing to the mainstream sports media landscape. WHICH WE ARE! Even if douchebag Ken Rosenthal and crotchety, creppy old man Buzz Bissinger don’t realize it.
And that my friends, makes this show and Ms. Sterger, worth watching!