PTI: Highlights from the first episode - Oct. 22, 2001 (via espnfrontrow)
10 years ago, ESPN came out with a program called Pardon the Interruption (PTI). I am sure almost everyone has at least caught a segment of the show or is familiar with Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser, the hosts of the show.
For their first ever "5 good minutes" segment, they interviewed none other than Brent Musberger, ESPN/ABC college commentator.
Why is this relevant you ask? 10/20/01, exactly 10 years ago today UCLA was 6-0, #3 in the BCS and in the picture for the national championship. Looking at that video and seeing how far we've fallen in 10 years hurts. Musberger talks about tough games agsint Washington St, Oregon, and Stanford. He even says that the most entertaining BCS championship game would be that start studded 2001 Miami team and our very own Bruins. Almost sage like however, Musberger talks about the difficulty of the rest of our schedule from that point out, and man was he right. For those that don't know we lost 4 of our last 5 games to finish 7-4 and thus started the downward spiral we still find ourselves stuck in a decade later. Goodbye BCS championship, goodbye national relevance, hello mediocrity.
Adding salt to the wound, almost all the other programs mentioned seem to have mantained their level of relevance on the national landscape. All except for us that is.
Brace yourselves Bruin faithful, this video hits like a Tyson punch to the gut.