Pac-12 TV networks have long-awaited launch

The new Pac-12 Networks launched at 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening with high-brow music, familiar images, cool graphics and proud references to the recently completed London Olympics.

Host Mike Yam called it “an historic day,” while co-host Ashley Adamson fretted, “Let’s not screw this up too bad.”

They didn’t.

The Pac-12’s debut show wasn’t bad, but was hardly legendary.

In fairness, finding just the right tone for this kind of moment isn’t easy.

Neil Armstrong, beginning his 1969 moon walk, nailed it with his famous words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Talk about your historic days.

Keith Olbermann drew some big laughs in 1993 when he launched ESPN2 with the opening line,  “Good evening and welcome to the end of our careers.” It took Olbermann nearly two decades more — long after he left ESPN — to torpedo his career.

Then there was inventor Alexander Graham Bell, back in 1876, who might have given his first words on the telephone a little more thought before telling assistant Thomas A. Watson:   “Mr. Watson — come here — I want to see you.”

What we probably all want to see — some games. Soon enough.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Will

    what is this I don’t even

  • Juancho

    Ondal and you agree or disagree ?

  • ondal

    Jeff deleted my comment due to its excessive truthfulness. Here is a PG-13 version: “It tastes good,” said President Bill Clinton, to his hard-working intern.

  • Jeff Faraudo

    Ondal —

    I deleted your comment because some lines cannot be crossed, even online. Before posting, please imagine your mother reading it . . . or your 7-year-old.

    I’m OK with having fun, being edgy and even the sometimes silly bickering that goes on here. Have at it. But let’s try to keep it clean.

  • MikeD

    wow, so there is moderation…