Does SportsCenter need to worry about the new Fox Sports 1 anchors?
On Saturday FOX launched its 24-hour sports channel FOX Sports 1, and despite a solid roster of NASCAR, UFC, and MLB games, the clear must-watch on the schedule is the the flagship highlights show, FOX Sports Live and it’s co-anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole. Onrait and O’Toole have been entertaining Canada for years with their unique brand of sarcasm and adorable Canadian accents, and this weekend they traded in their beaver-pelts and igloos for spray tans and plastic surgery as they headed south for their debut from Los Angeles. In a throwback to the haloed SportsCenter days of Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick, FOX Sports 1 is banking on chemistry and entertainment from their anchors to drive ratings and pull in viewers.
Here are a few of the highlights:
Having seen him once in a Wal-Mart parking lot, I can honestly say that Jay Onrait looks more like a confused Ostrich looking for a mate than Bull from Night Court.
Truth be told, I legitimately have no memory of Skippy from Family Ties.
And if you just can’t get enough of the pair, here’s a little bonus from their days up in Canada:
Onrait’s Phantom is haunting.
Will it work? Will FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports Live be strong enough to de-throne ESPN and Sportscenter? Who knows (Sportscenter outdrew Live 0.6 to 0.2 on Saturday night) and honestly who cares, as long as Onrait and O’Toole are anchoring I’ll be watching.