I have seen LeBatard on different sports talk shows before and never really liked him. But I have been watching his new show and I am really digging it. I think mostly because I really like his Dad and find him funny and charming. It is also a lot more of a casual setting and lets LeBatard relax and since he is the only "name" on the show, he is not competing for facetime.
For as rocky as most of the show can be, LeBatard's show is worth watching just because he really does have moments of brilliant insight that you won't get from anyone else. His argument for Ryan Braun from today's show, for example, was very strong.
I will say this, though. His father's Miami Heat homer-ism has already gotten very old and it's only going to get worse from here.
LeBatard's dad talking about the Daytona 500 today was hysterical. "I drive in the rain all the time" or some such. Awesome. I try to catch the show when I can, although the time slot usually is too early for me with work.
"Put on your helmets, we'll be reaching speeds of 3!" "It was nice of you to give that dead woman another chance." "All right, look alive everybody...oh sorry Susan."- MST3K: Space Mutiny Click Here (facebook.com)
I love DLHQ. DVR it every day (I'm not sure why Papi always tells me to set my DVR. It does it automatically, Papi, I swear). My wife, who's only barely interested in sports, loves it, too, and usually watches with me when I get home from work (she'll watch some PTI, too, but she hates Wilbon, for some reason). The Miami homer-ism can be a strain, but Dan usually makes a joke out of it. I'd love some footage of Papi in the Miami press box, though, rooting shamelessly as Dan tries to hide him or shoo him away before he gets in trouble...
"Never piss off a hawk with a blowgun" - Conan O'Brien
Given, I don't have the episode available in front of me for review. My recollection of the show was a lovely homage to something from Seth's childhood. A totally respectful homage ... other than that tricky context within which it was presented.