Wednesday, February 01, 2006

 

George's Curious Nuggets

Whenever I watch the Nuggets getting waxed and embarrassed like they are tonight in Salt Lake City - I ask myself the same question that a lot of people wonder from time to time.

Remind me again why Jeff Bzdelik was fired?

While Bzdelik has coached his tail off in Colorado Springs with an overachieving Air Force squad (AF won again tonight to improve to 18-3), the Nuggets (or is it the "Nuggles") under George Karl look more and more depressing lately.

Forget 32-8 alright?

Ancient history.

So is the recent 7 game winning streak.

The Nuggets lost their 4th in a row tonight.

They went winless on a three game road trip that didn't have them even close in all three games against the Clippers, Kings, and Jazz.

What is most depressing about the Nuggets this year has been their lack of competitiveness in so many games.

Uncompetitive and unfocused can describe a great many Nuggets games this season.

They lost by 13 tonight against the Jazz.

When the Nuggets get beat, they often times get beat by double digits...and in their game at Los Angeles last Saturday night (1-28-06) they lost by 33 - although it felt like they lost by 303.

The Nuggets don't rebound the basketball.

Physically they've been pushed around far too often for a team that likes to consider themselves a contender.

Playing defense seems to be something that is optional under this George Karl led team.

Exactly where is Karl leading the Nuggets?

Don't give me this excuse about injuries either because every team deals with players who get banged up and miss time.

What disturbs me the most is that the Nuggets don't play with a sense of urgency, seem lackadaisical, don't possess any mental toughness, and like their coach, they complain far too often about things when the going gets too tough.

I'm tired of Karl's excuses, his disingenuous smile (particularly after another Nuggets loss), his smug attitude, and his overall persona which could lead someone to conclude that it was George Karl instead of James Nasmith who invented the game.

I'm watching Altitude right now, and I'm not kidding when I say that Scott Hasting's just mentioned that "lighting" could be a contributing factor for the Nuggets not shooting the ball well.

I was actually getting on board the Nuggets bandwagon as they reeled off seven wins in a row, giving them the benefit of the doubt for a few things, then came this road trip from hell that has them unhinged once again.

At 25-23 the Nuggets can thank the NBA for placing them in a division so bad that Roy Rubin's 1973 Sixers would have found it comforting.

Karl I'm told, is an elite coach.

Elite?

Is this the best he can do?

The team seems to be a mirror image of their coach.

Tonight I watched as Utah coach Jerry Sloan pushed and prodded his team to play hard at both ends of the court, hustling back on defense, running the floor with abandon, making smart decisions with the basketball.

Down the sideline was curious George who seemed to be paralyzed like a deer watching the lights of an onrushing automobile.

Where is the hard work?  Where is Karl ripping into his team for a terrible lack of intensity?  Where is Nuggets pride?

Air Force blew out Colorado State tonight 71-56.

Meanwhile the Nuggets did catch some good news tonight. The Timberwolves lost again.

Hold on now...I want to watch and see what curious George has to say in the aftermath of another dreadful performance by his first place team.

(Right now Dino is awaiting Altitude's post-game coverage)

Well, they're in a commercial right now, but before they went to a break, Bill Hanzlik said the Nuggets are almost ready to go on a big roll.

Okay, here's Karl...who is saying nothing about how they've been thoroughly trashed...says they have a lot of home games coming up...smiling that smile again...says ya gotta do a lot of good things to win on the road in the NBA. 

Really?

Hmmm.

If their last full time head coach had spoken like this, Woodie Paige would have had a conniption and ridiculed his last name for the millionth time.

Now back to Hanzlik on Altitude who is commenting along with Julie Browman...Hanzlik just said that they need to re-build their confidence, and take advantage of some weak teams coming into the Pepsi Center over the next few weeks.

Then again, what do you expect Hanzlik to say?  Expect him to tell you the truth?  That the Nuggets stink right now?  Remember, Stan Kroneke is paying Hanzlik. Altitude as you should know...is owned by Kroenke.

At least you get Hayseed on Am-950 tomorrow to give you his take. That should be enlightening.

Earl Boykins just said that the Nuggets got their butts beat tonight...that Utah returned the flavor. That's not a mis-print, Boykins really did say that the Jazz returned the flavor.

Hey, everyone has a slip of the tongue every now and then.

Wait, here's Carmello on the tube now.

More smiling. What's so funny about the Nuggets these days, Melo?

Melo just said that Utah was the more motivated team tonight.

Melo just said that the Jazz punched them tonight, before the Nuggets punched the Jazz.

Motivation?

Good word usage by Carmello.

But wait a sec...the Nuggets came into this game riding a three game losing streak (now four)...what more motivation do the Nuggets need?

How many games have the Nuggets given away this season due to their unmotivated style of play?

Whose fault is that?

George Karl's.

I thought Karl was supposed to be better than this.

I thought Karl was a master in terms of planning and overall preparedness?

Oh well, let's just wait for that "big roll" that Bill Hanzlike just mentioned.

Again now, why was Jeff Bzdelik fired?

dc


Sunday, January 29, 2006

 

TV, RADIO, TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS

Denver-

 

I've just about completed my first month of doing the television program, "Raw Sports With Dino Costa", on FSN Rocky Mountain.

 

It has been a blast.

 

It's also been something that has been completely foreign to me in many instances, and although I was aware that both mediums had their own characteristics that make them different from one another - it has been an eye-opener for me to learn just how true that is.

 

Radio is where my roots are at and always will be as long as I stay in the business -the craft itself has such an instinctive and familiar feel for me, that it allows me to go into the studio half asleep and still be able to feel at home.

 

Television requires so much more.

 

More planning.

 

More thought and more strategy.

 

More energy.

 

It's amazing to me when I have come to learn that the amount of energy I have to put into developing a single edition of Raw Sports - is the equivalent to the same amount of energy applied to do almost an entire week's worth of Dino Costa radio shows.

 

My radio show is two hours in length - while the TV show is 30 minutes!

 

In radio the sense of intimacy is always present, the feeling of isolation almost, being able to do a show with minor hiccups along the way, a cough here and there, picking my nose whenever I feel like it, I can even yell at my producer Roger and nobody ever knows about it...unless Roger decides to make it public knowledge!

 

In television the entire scope is 360 degrees the other way.

 

There is a flow that needs to be accentuated, every movement I make whenever I am on camera is captured and noticed, any unusual ticks are there for all to see, there are no coughs that get to make it onto the finished film product. Although the last program we did, I happened to bump into the stool that sits behind me on the set, it caused us all to laugh and we decided to keep it for the airing of the program.

 

Going into Raw Sports -  I have tried to always maintain the same perpetually optimistic attitude that I always try to employ whenever I do anything in my life.

 

I realized that I needed to rely on those who are working with the Raw Sports show, FSN directors, producers, camera operators, taking their direction, suggestions, and trying to make improvements with each passing edition of each show that we do.

 

These people have been invaluable in my learning process and their experience is something I have counted on every time I come onto the set to develop a program.

 

As a complete novice having never done TV at all in the past - the encouragement and the patience that FSN officials have bestowed upon me has made my transition into the world of television a lot easier.

 

Everyone from FSN General Manager Tim Griggs, to FSN Senior Coordinating Producer Benjie Kaze, marketing director Amy Turner, producer Aaron Snyder, director Adam Ratke, audio technician Clay Roberts, graphics coordinator Krista Kivel, stage director, Rhone Hamilton, sound mixer Ben Sparling, and everyone else at FSN Rocky Mountain, have done their utmost to make the entire project a team effort, and I cannot thank them enough.

 

Everything is timed in television with produced segments that are intended to cover a specific amount of content without the wiggle room that radio allows me.

 

On my radio program I have the luxury of going 20 minutes over on a segment if I choose to, to articulate further points and to emphasize certain components of whatever I may be talking about.

 

Not so, on the TV program.

 

Sometimes the frustration of having timed segments with a 30 minute television program is in the fact that I may want to continue to expound upon a specific piece of information - however I'm limited by how much I may say by the parameters of a 30 minute telecast.

 

So it is definitely a learning experience.

 

One of the immediate returns for me in doing television was in gaining a much deeper appreciation for anyone who does a show of any kind.

 

Be it Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann, Sean Hannity, Tim Russert, Dan Patrick, anyone who does this stuff every single day and makes it appear as smooth and as polished as they do, is something that isn't as obvious to someone else if you're not in a position where you are trying to do the same thing.

 

The first 8-9 programs of Raw Sports have been done with a "soft launch" approach -as we have all been seeking the right mix with the show, different looks, and various segments that we have tried.

 

The objective is to try and come up with a finished product that will be more polished and presentable as we move toward the show being aired in more prime time spots during the FSN schedule.

 

As with everything I try and do (particularly if it has my name on it) I am going at this full bore - and I am always my own worst critic.

 

My hope is to make this program something that will become a part of the FSN schedule for an enduring length of time.

 

I hope you have enjoyed the first several editions of Raw Sports - and it is my hope that you'll continue to watch the show, as I 'll be doing my best to always insure that I am justifying the faith that others have placed in me and in my abilities.

 

But one thing is for certain.

 

If radio is planet earth.

 

TV is planet Xanadu!

 

dc


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