Hearing ‘the call’ of this sequence during yesterday’s national ABC broadcast, harkened back to other exquisite duo’s in the history of North American pop culture who managed to carve a niche for themselves and, thereby, became an indelible part of 20th century lexicon … fitting together seemingly (and seamlessly), like hand & glove, from the get-go.
Abbott & Costello … Ruth & Gehrig … Gable & Lombard … Hope & Crosby … Hepburn & Tracy … Bogart & Bacall … Martin & Lewis … Lucy & Ricky … Carney & Gleason … Batman & Robin … Sonny & Cher … Rowan & Martin … Brando & Pacino … Ali & Frazier … Butch & Sundance … Burnett & Conway … Raiders & Dolphins … Packer & McGuire … Mork & Mindy … Thelma & Louise … Shrek & Donkey … Vincent & Jules … etc.
In this grand tradition, sometimes, it can simply be awe-inspiring to see the collaborative work being done these days by the off-set tandem of Mark ‘A-is-for-Action‘ Jackson & Jeff ‘V-is-for-Vivaca‘ (Van) Gundy … aka, ‘Mutt & Jeff‘ … two-thirds of ABC’s analyst team for NBA games. As perfectly illustrated in this video clip …
It just doesn’t get better than these two ‘pardners’ when it comes to crsytalizing & then deseminating THE most ‘important’ elements of an NBA game to an expectant TV world, hanging on their every word.
Harmonious, complimentary & totally in ‘sinc’ with one another … this pair is, by far, the most entertaining & insightful duo of basketball broadcasters working together today – a joy to behold, and hilarious to listen to – on a lazy Sunday afternoon in May … Where Amazing Happens! … every once-in-a-while.
Action: “That’s not a dirty play … that’s not a dirty play … it’s up to your defense to say, hey, watch your back the screen is coming … it’s his job to get the double team off his guard … it’s a clean play … it’s a foul but it’s a clean play … ahh yeah, but, Pachulia should be upset with his, his, teammates not yellin, ‘watch the screen’ …”
(in response and juxtaposed)
Vivaca: “Well, that, that’s a hard hit … but I will just say this … when you talk to players about when to try to get back at somebody that may have cheap-shotted you earlier in a series, you do it up 30 … and you do it right there, where you don’t cost your team a chance to win a game and go back at them immediately … that was a signature, ‘Good-bye’ Zaza.”
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