If you’re a regular viewer of the show, you know what BDSSP stands for. If not, then you haven’t seen Best Damn Sports Show Period.
It’s hard to believe it’s been on for 8 years, but it’s been a regular staple of your Fox Sports Net affiliate. It began with a group of guys talking about a myriad of subjects. Every once in a while, you had eye candy such as Lisa Guerrero, Leeann Tweeden, Amanda Beard to Fang’s Bites fav Charissa Thompson.
The cast started with Chris Rose, Tom Arnold, John Kruk, Reggie Theus and Deacon Jones. DeMarco Farr replaced Jones and John Salley joined to replace Theus. From there, the cast went through many incarnations including the ousting of Arnold in 2005.
When it ends tonight, Rose, Charissa and Salley will say goodbye to a program that has held the late night timeslot for FSN since 2001.
Newsday’s Neil Best says the local FSN affiliates no longer need a national program to anchor their lineup.
The Big Lead also says goodbye.
Deadspin’s A.J. Daulerio has some fond memories of the show.
Charissa tweeted that she was sad the show was ending.
Overall, Best Damn Sports Show gave FSN some national attention and some buzz. It had a very loyal following in its early years, but as it rolled into the latter part of this decade, BDSSP lost viewers as FSN affiliates moved the show’s timeslot either due to local programming, games or not running it altogether. While it did not move mountains, BSSDP did give John Kruk, Michael Irvin, and Steven A. Smith their television debuts and all made the move to ESPN based on their appearances on the show.
I admit not having watched the show in a very long time, but there’s no doubting the impact it had for FSN when it tried to compete with ESPN as a national network.