I've seen plenty of dumb moments in sideline reporting. This may be the dumbest.
During Game 6 of the Kings-Blues series Friday night, actor Matthew Perry was interviewed by Dan Moriarty on the Fox Sports West telecast. That's when things went quickly downhill.
Inexplicably, Moriarty congratulates Perry on his "big news" – the cancelation of Go On, his NBC show. Amazingly, Moriarty calls the cancelation a "double edged sword" and congratulates Perry AGAIN because it will free him up to go see more Kings games. (WTF?!?!)
Usually congratulations are reserved for positive occasions when some type of goal or milestone is reached – not abject failure. When I failed a test in school, I never remember getting one of those "Good Job" stickers. While Moriarty was at it, he should have asked Perry about the "great successes" of Mr. Sunshine and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. How Matthew Perry made it through this interview without bludgeoning this guy over the head with his shoe is truly remarkable.
There is a sadistic part of me that hopes sideline reporters congratulating people on their failures could somehow become a new trend in the industry. Imagine the high comedy of Roger Maltbie saluting Sergio Garcia for pumping three balls in the drink on Sunday at The Players…