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Host: Stuart Scott
Judges: Al Jaffee, Stephen A. Smith, Kit Hoover, Woody Paige
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Episode 3 - March 13
What a co-ink-i-dink. The NCAA Basketball Tournament
brackets have been announced... and, on Dream Job 3, we're down to
the Final Four. Matt Bullard, Dee Williams, J.R. Reid and Dennis
Scott have returned to the Dream Job studios in the N-Y-C to take
another step towards the one-year on-air contract as an NBA
But we start with a COLLEGE game: Bracket Breakdown.
The players have reviewed the brackets that had just come out.
Host Stuart Scott will ask each player a question about said
brackets and he can answer first. After that, though, ANYBODY can
Dennis, did U. of Washington deserve a #1 seed? He says yes since
they won the tourney and 6 out of 7 games. Dee thinks Oklahoma
State deserved Washington's spot because of a tougher schedule.
Matt and J.R. were weak, just saying that conference champs
deserved higher seeds.
J.R., who's your Final Four "dark horse"? He says Gonzaga with
their team-oriented play. Matt says Kansas, Dee says U. of Florida
and Dennis... I can't hear him.
Matt, which conference will have the best showing in the tourney?
He says Big Ten (home-body), the others say it's the ACC... Dee
saying because their teams have the easiest road to the Final
And Dee has the easiest question of them all: who's gonna win? Dee
decides to be a homebody as well and pick the #1 team in the land,
Illinois. Matt says Ohio State, Dennis and J.R. have UNC.
"Cold Pizza"'s Woody Paige says Dee was persuave and funny... and
it's a three-way tie for worst. Kit Hoover agrees about Dee, but
Dennis is a little weak. "NBA Shootaround"'s Stephen A. Smith says
Dee rocked 'n' rolled and Matt & JR were the weakest. And VP of
Talent Big Al Jaffe makes it unanimous that Dee was the best...
and JR was the worst.
Time for the main task of the night: Give-And-Go.
One-by-one, each player will once again sit with ESPN's own Dana
Jacobson (who does NBA games as a sideline reporter). They will
GIVE analysis of an NBA game from earlier last week, complete with
a highlight telestration... and then GO to an interview with a
current NBA superstar. They had time to look over the highlight,
stats and figures for the two games. They will be judged tonight
on knowledge, delivery and interview skills.
First up is Dennis, who talks about a play between the Golden
State Warriors and the Philly 76ers. He trips a little, but he
gives good stats. Then comes the talk with Jason Richardson of the
Warriors. Dennis asks about Jason getting his contract
negotiations out of the way, and wants to see Jason back in the
Slam Dunk Contest and the All-Star Game and about the Warrior's
front office helping him and the team succeed.
Kit liked the report and the stats... but the questions could've
been shorter. Stephen A. says he was rough with the analysis and
wanted more questioning and less "jiving" with the player. Big Al
says he like the personality boost, but the questions weren't new.
And Woody thought it was a VAST improvement and LIKED the
Next up is Dee, who looks through the San Antonio Spurs hosted by
the Phoenix Suns. He ACES the analysis segments, giving good info
for his step-by-step plays and smooth content about the Suns. The
interview with Cleveland Cavs' star Scott Williams - where he asks
if LeBron James has what it takes to win championships, the
importance of home-field advantage and SCOTT's possible chances on
"Dream Job" - is fascinating, informative and nearly flawless.
Stephen A. says he did a good job... but harped on a few things
that DANA was doing that HE should've done. Big Al says it was
good analysis and questions... and that Dee DID slow down but
should do a little more. Woody is impressed that Dee didn't use
his notes during the interviews and that it was a dramatic
improvement. Kit says he "nailed it" and likes that he took a
All right... it's time to take the kid gloves off! Our halftime
entertainment this time around is the infamous Al Jaffe
Sports Quiz - NBA Style! EVERY potential employee of ESPN
must take this quiz and pass it in order to have a good chance of
making it into the building. Now the ballerz will have to face Big
Al for five questions, increasing in difficulty, by answering them
FULLY. They'll only have a minute to get through this and they
WILL be scored.
Matt is first up. He knows Kevin Garnett leads the NBA in rebounds
per game, doesn't know Antawn Jamison was "Sixth Man" award winner
last season, guessed only one of the two teams with the worst
record at the time (Atlanta Hawks was right, New Orleans Hornets
was not; it was Charlotte Bobcats), fumbled when trying to name
all four teams Chris Webber played for (missed Golden State) and
thought Allen Iverson, not Ray Allen, scored the most points in
the 2005 All-Star Game. A big, fat 1 for the
Next victim is J.R., who knows Hubie Brown was Coach of the Year
last season. knows A.I. (Iverson) leads the league in points per
game, that the Miami Heat have won eight in a row, knows two of
the three traded for Chris Webber by the 76ers... and makes it a
sweep by naming all four teams the Detroit Pistons beat last
season en route to the NBA Championship. A perfect 5
for the Tarheel!
Dennis takes to the podium next. He got that Dwight Howard was the
#1 pick in the last NBA Draft and that Mike Montgomery is the
Warriors' head coach... but trips on names of the teams Jalen Rose
has played for. He doesn't know Larry Hughes leads the league in
steals per game nor that Kobi Bryant is one of three players with
four or more "triple-doubles" this season (that's double-digits in
points, assists and rebounds). Time runs out and Dennis leaves
with a 2.
Best that Dee can do is tie. He gets that the Spurs have the best
record at home and that Kevin Pritchard coaches the Portland
Trailblazers. He knows four of the six teams Dikembe Mutombo has
played for and that Ben Wallace was traded to the Pistons from
Orlando. For the tie, he's asked what team averages the most
turnovers per game... and he guesses Atlanta. But it's Chicago. An
impressive 4, but it wasn't enough. J.R. wins the
To start the third quarter of Give-And-Go is Matt. The Minnesota
Timberwolves had the unfortunate task of facing the Miami Heat...
and ESPN is there! Matt's analysis of the plays was margainal,
though he trips a little near the end. His talk about the T'Wolves
was functional, as was his talk with T'Wolves Wally . Matt asks
him about whether the team is taking a step backwards, how it
feels to play for Kevin McHale and that the playbook has the
"4-5-2 Twist" removed. He, himself, ends the interview (unlike Dee
and Dennis, who let Dana end it).
Big Al thinks it was a good job, giving analysis and tough
questions... but wanted info on the "4-5-2". Woody agrees, but
wants questions to be longer. Kit like the reporte but, again,
asks him to lengthen the questions a little. Stephen A says, "Ya
did good." He liked the personality and the stats... just not the
first question about "taking a step back".
With the clock winding down, J.R. steps up. The "Wendy's Wild Card
Winner" this week is Amy George of Westland, Michigan. If J.R.'s
not cut, Amy will be flown to NYC and Bristol for the "Ultimate
SportsCenter Experience". L.A. Lakers and Dallas Mavericks are the
teams in the highlight, and J.R. does a decent job with the
analysis... though his voice isn't exactly exciting. He talks
about Dallas' chances for the Playoffs before going to Milwaukee
Bucks' forward Joe Smith. J.R. plugs that they're from the same
region then gets to questions: what do the Bucks' coaches need to
do to keep them focused, how Joe stays in shape as a veteran and
if the Florida lifestyle suits him. Softball questions, to say the
And the judges know this. Woody says the highlight was more
highlighting and not enough analysis and the questions were bad.
Kit says he didn't give new info and he could've ended stronger.
Stephen A... lets him HAVE IT! The highlight was bad... the
questions were bad... and he just didn't care for it! And Big Al
says, "This is ESPN, not Channel 3 in Norfolk!"
OK, it's time once again for The Cut. Time for
ESPN.com loggers to vote on the worst. The majority gets one vote,
as do each of the judges. Three votes and you foul out.
America cuts... Matt Bullard.
Woody Paige thinks Dee slam-dunked it... and Matt and J.R. were
the worst. J.R. saved himself with the 5-for-5 in the Quiz. He
cuts... Matt. That's two for him.
Kit Hoover said Dee aced everything... and Dennis and J.R. had a
rough night. But, THOUGH J.R. got 5/5, Dennis did a little better
with Give-And-Go. Therefore, she cuts... J.R.
Stephen A. Smith says Dennis is gone next if he doesn't improve.
Dee and Matt stepped it up. But J.R. struggled with the inteview...
and he cuts him.
Al Jaffe will make the deciding vote. If it's Dennis or Dee,
America's Vote will break the tie and Matt will be history.
otherwise, it's whoever Al goes for. Dee did well everywhere, Matt
was strong with analysis and the Quiz. It's J.R. that he's
"surprised and disappointed" with. He cuts... J.R. Reid.
Who shot down J.R.? We know THAT answer. Himself, that's who. He
admits to having troubles with the interview... but has no
Three remain... who will be sent to the showers NEXT?!