TV Timeout: Losing Focus

CBSSN’s Tony Luftman, on the government shutdown affecting the armed forces games: “It’s so upsetting and it would be tone deaf just to focus on sports, and say that this is unconscionable when there are so many other issues that are being impacted by this shutdown, but I do empathize having been a team manager” (“Lead Off,” CBS Sports Network, 10/1).

FLIP THE SCRIPT: ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said of the Chargers-Raiders game on Sunday being re-scheduled for 11:30pm ET kickoff because of an A's playoff game, “Why can’t you just flip the game to San Diego? They've got to play twice” ("PTI," ESPN, 10/1).

FINGER POINTING: PFT's Mike Florio said of Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan: “He can't be on the hot seat because he can't be fired because he owns the team. But at some point you've got to look at Shahid Khan and say, 'What has this guy done for the Jacksonville Jaguars?' They are 2-18 since he purchased the team. He's had two head coaches, he's had two GMs and they just can't do anything right” (PFT," NBCSN, 10/1).

HELP WANTED: SNY's Adam Schein said of the Knicks, "This team is a mess. They fired (former GM) Glen Grunwald who was the only thing that was working" ("Loud Mouths," SNY, 10/1).

AGELESS WONDER: Talk show host Larry King, on being named guest host of ESPN2's "Olbermann": "(ESPN Exec Editor) John Walsh said to me, 'Larry, we need a favor. We're having a problem with Keith Olbermann.' I said, 'You fired him again?'" ("Olbermann," ESPN2, 10/1).           

SUPPORT GROUP: Former EPL club Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said, “The misconception about the Glazers buying the club and it created a sort of hostility with different factions of Manchester United supporters because a single member was owning the club, they forget the minute it became a PLC someone was going to buy it. … They've been very good … (and) very low-key" ("Charlie Rose," PBS, 10/1).

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