Like anyone who lived through the epic fail of Bill Simmons’ short-lived cartoon show on ESPN.com, I was skeptical that Kenny Mayne’s new online adventure, Mayne Street, would be even remotely watchable. Surprisingly, it is. It is more than watchable. I would go so far as to say it is good.
For those that don’t know, Mayne burst onto the scene as a Sportscenter anchor back when the show was still a fresh, irreverent enterprise about to peak. Unlike the other jocky, cool-guy anchors, Mayne’s take on sports was incredibly dry, sardonic, and often bizarre. He seemed to spend half of each show making fun of us for caring so much, and we loved it.
Many of Mayne’s goofy segments on the World Wide Leader are straight up stinkers, but I dare say Mayne Street is bringing him back around. Check out the first episode:
There’s plenty more at the Mayne Street site at ESPN. Be sure to check out the outtakes of the above episode. And any episode with Evan Mintz.
Mayne Street [ESPN]