Pardon the Interruption

Weekdays 5:30 PM on ESPN Premiered Oct 22, 2001 In Season





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    How dare you threaten a quarterbacks legs! Tony you are pathetic and you don't deserve to be a sports announcer on or off tv. You definetly need to make a formal apology to russell wilson and ten you should have to step down
  • In my opinion this show is ignorant and wrong. They failed to mention key facts about the Seahawks and the officiating in the Superbowl. Question their opinions and facts. I wouldn't be surprised if they were told what to say.

    I will never watch this show again for a long time. There were four horrible game changing calls in this game. The hosts Tony and Michael said the Seahwawks couldn't have made up 11 points. That is an ignorant statement if you know anything about football. Ben Roethlisberger did not score a touchdown. Review doesn't work. Calling offensive pass interference in endzone on that is wrong, the call would not have gone the other way. The biggest play not mentioned by Pardon the Interruption is the phantom offensive holding call. This was horrible, late, and it took away a three point lead. You need to realize football is about momentum. Not to mention the call on Hasselback which set up the game winning touchdown. Any yards in the Superbowl are important. Pardon the Interruption mentioned none of this and I recommend questioning what these two say for know on.
  • The lead story??!! PLLLEEEAASSSEEE

    Its amazing that in 2014 a azzzz all star game zzzzz (basketball) is the lead story.

    u guys metion 10 different basketball players for the story.

    and when u go to the story that matters (olimpic hockey) u mention 2 players .

    then after making the woman's hockey team a after thought ,

    u go to this twittermentality and speak about some prima donnas thoughts and did u like Pharrel's


    i always looked forward to u guys at the end of the day especially a day wear i tune in and see this mindless banter about morals in sports by frick and frak on "take lude".

    come on guys don't looze your smarts to the facebook dicks.

    i have hope ,FB
  • Someone needs to tell Mike and Tony the correct pronunciation of the University of North Carolina's Player of the Year, Tyler Hansbrough's name. It is pronounced as Hansbro...not Hansboro as both gentleman pronounced it today.

    This is ridiculous that I have to write one hundred words to get this to go through. I have written everything I needed to say in the Summary section, and now I have to repeat it just so I can get the one hundred word minimum. Oh goes. Someone needs to tell Mike and Tony on Pardon the Interruption the correct pronunciation of UNC's Player of the Year, Tyler Hansbrough's name. It is pronounced as Hansbro...not Hansboro as both gentlemen pronounced it today. I was surpised that Roy Williams did not corrrect them during his interview with them today.
  • Sam Bell

    You did not acknowledge the passing of possibly the greatest college track coach in history! Olympic athletes from all over came to train with him while he was at
  • Boring's a better word to describe it, but that's not an option. PTI is the most boring all sports debate show, I've ever watched!

    Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon (or as I call them, the old guy and the bald guy) are two of the most boring debaters on TV! They spend a certain amount of time debating about each topic, and their opinions are just blank! The only things I like are the big finish, and when they do some kind of ranking. Wilbon says "Same time tomorrow, knuckleheads," but I have a feeling that one of these tomorrows, the show will be cancelled.
  • Why?

    I have one question, can these 2 men ever agree on anything? Please tell me once in the years of this show they agreed. All i see are 2 people fighting over their own opinion. I'm sorry but i don't agree that this is neccesary for a whole show. So i find this show unpleasant. For all we know there could be scripts involved. I mean they're bascilly insulting people. So why don't we get a judgemental channel put this show in it. By the way they shouldn't add the bell if they're just going to continue
  • Hey idiots on PTI, the term LOL does not stand for Lots of Laughs ! The abbreviation LOL means Laugh Out Loud ! Dumb asses get yer homework done right !

    I don't mind watching you guys on T.V but you 2 sounds like you guys like hearing yourselves talk sometimes it sounds like you guys have absolutely no idea what you are talking about !
    It sounds like you 2 are just talking to fill space on T.V when you have no clue what you have to talk about. When The bell rings it means DONE ! stop talking ! Next topic ! That is the biggest piss off about the 2 of you on T.V, is you guys don't even know what the stupid bell is for ? or you do and you just, like I said earlier, just like hearing your annoying voices over and over about topics that have no matter in the world of sports ! The thing you guys talk about have absolutely no importance about anything that is gong on in the news of any professional sport being played right now ! It is just 2 old guys just flapping their gums about stuff that is beyond them and everything this show is supposed to be about !
  • lebron james

    I love watching your show everyday. I agree with the both of you most of the time accept this time concerning Lebron James. The two fouls on him against the Chicago Bulls were not basketball plays. If they were then I, as a coach of elementary, middle, and high school freshman players will start teaching them to foul like this because it is allowed.. Were we watching the same game? Lebron could have been hurt with the Gibson foul. His legs bent backwards. What would have happened then? I am tired of hearing that a player should not complain when they speak up for themselves because they are so big and strong. If a player wants to defend against these guys, then go to the gym and work out or play better defense Lastly , if the fouls against Lebron weren't flagrant then don't call one on Lebron against Boozer. After all he's big and strong and should be able to take it. If those fouls had happened against other superstars of the past, they would have been given consequences. I have lost my faith in the NBA game because it no longer exhibits the game as it has been taught to youngsters as it was meant to be played.
  • Entertaining show discussing the latest sports headlines.

    Pardon the Interruption is an enjoyable-enough show on ESPN usually featuring the duo of Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. They try to bring creativity to how they discuss the latest sports news, including time limits and games like "Over/Under" and "Report Card" featuring Around the Horn host, Tony Reali. The other Tony, as in Kornheiser, is my favorite of the cast. I agree with most things he says and he is a funny guy. Wilbon on the other hand, grinds my gears. He acts like he knows everything when he obviously doesn't and he can be seriously annoying. I'm sure Kornheiser has wanted to punch him in the face two or three times every now and then. However, this is probably the show I watch the most after school in the afternoon, and I look forward to keep doing so.
  • I love to watch PTI with Tony & Wilbon. But . . . when the idiot Bob Ryan is on talking about something he knows nothing about, running, it drives me nuts.

    Any runner who has raced knows they are responsible for knowing the course. While it is unfortunate, sad, and really stupid that the camera crew in Japan turned off the course (having lived in Japan for several years this isn't that strange), it is the runners responsibility totally -- its in the rules and this guy is a pro. It's the same for a bike race, a swim, etc. Get a clue before you speak BOB. And if we are all lucky, they will keep you off this show so we don't have to listen to you speak with no information or knowledge.
  • 70% of Broadcasts Now...

    Hello Guys! Never a lady when try to watch every broadcast, or DVR, for the last decade or enjoy both Michael and Tony as professionals. Well, Michael here is my benign beef. WHATZ UP WITH 70% of each broadcast being dedicated to the same NBA/Basketball stories. It's becoming obvious. I'm concerned about you guys, because maybe you should change your title to "Bickering About Basketball people/issues", and no longer PTI. I'm surprised you've narrowed your discussion overwhelmingly to NBA each broadcast. Why? Basketball is terrific. Great sport, but it's obvious fellas. need to return to more balanced broadcast in my most HUMBLE opinion. Think about it. As I said, you're both terrific, and I watch, watch, watch....2 cents.
  • I can't help but watch it, even when my family makes fun of me for watching something that is only arguing.

    Well, the show is about two sports "analyzers" named Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser, arguing....err, I mean discussing the sports world every day.

    They have a line-ups of who they're going to be arguing...err, discussing about in the show. They have some subjects last 1 minute and thirty seconds, some they have "toss up" where they choose either one or the other, then they have the happy anniversary, happy trails, and whatever else ends in "happy".

    The show ends up being a full out debate. Michael and Tony never seem to agree on anything, so they end up yelling at each other about some sports subjects. Sometimes, these things make me laugh because they're just yelling at each other sometimes, bringing out a totally different subject then making fun of the other. It can really get interesting sometimes, even if you don't like the sport.

    So really, if you like sports in general, and if you want to learn even more about the sports world, then you might want to give this a watch. It is entertaining, informative, and as I said, a "guilty pleasure". You'll find yourself watching this fairly often, sometimes every night.
  • Two Guys Argue about Mostly Sports news and Real life.

    This is an awesome show where two guys argue. This show delivers actual interesting information that you might need to know when you are talking to your bar friend buddy.Great show with stuff that everyone needs to know, If you like sports and you want to keep up with all the gossip, then you should watch this show.
  • Boxing bell + 2 sportswriters + arguements = good 30 minutes of TV

    Tony K. and Michael W. are the "Ebert of Ropert" of Sports TV, without the popcorn stains and the sticky floors. These two never fail to dissapoint tme with their witty banter mixed with the more serious issues of race, money and/or politics.

    The best episodes are the holiday themed (christmas, thanksgiving, st. patrick's day) where Tony will often dress up and WIlbon will "forget" his custome.

    The worst are when both are gone on vacation or events, as well as Michael Smith and Jay Mariotti are on Around the Horn, it's just not the same.

    It only gets better and better.
  • good show tells me what i need about the day in sports

    i like this show alot it has a funny input along with sports theme and the 4 segments in each show

    1 intro BIG stories

    2 interview

    3.little game

    4. endings and happy birthdays,happy trails and anveristy for the day

    i think mike a tony are good host and a like to see them argue it is cool most of the time some of the time it is about what they are wearing or doin for that day.
    if it is a huge event world wide or a holiday they will celebrate it usally having tony wear somthin stupid or funny looking.
    iam glad it is on almost every day it is informative and if u like sports watch this show.
  • Great Stuff!!!

    Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser are great on this sports show. They discuss the top stories from the past day each and every day of the week except the weekend. Michael Wilbon works for the Washington Post along with being on this how. Tony Kornheiser used to have his own show called none other than The Tony Kornheiser Show. He also is going to be a Monday Night Football commentator sice Monday Night Football left ABC this past year. So I can't wait to see what he is like calling the Monday Night Football Games on television. This show is a great show I have recently been addicted to it like the last week or two.
  • PTI and Guinness a match made in heaven

    Hard to believe PTI’s been on the air for this long. Kornheiser and Wilbon are what put this show all together. I especially like all the themes they do (Toss up, Mail time, Cop Time, Over/Under). The only downside of this show is when it takes a break Thursday or Friday and for what… GOLF?! Come on. Pardon the Interruption’s more exciting than golf! This show makes other talk shows seem obsolete. Cancel Oprah, Dr. Phil, Tony Danza, Ricki Lake, give me PTI Monday thru Friday. Another thing that keeps me watching this show is the beer commercials (especially Guinness). Absolutely “Brilliant”.
  • Who needs Sportscenter? Pardon the Interruption is easily the best way to get all your sports news.

    The first time someone watches Sportscenter, it's easy to understand why it's so popular. The way it covered sports was much more exciting and interesting than the way someone at your local news or at CNN would cover sports.

    Now, with Pardon the Interruption, I feel the exact same way. There's no better way to get a quick summary of the previous days sports news. Not only is it quicker than Sportscenter (only a half hour compared to an hour or an hour and a half), but it's actually very funny and doesn't waste a bunch of time on pointless features (50 States in 50 Days anyone?) and gets right to the point of every issue.

    Anyone who watches will quickly get all the sports info they need, and be entertained. Most of this is thanks to Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. Not only are these guys funny, but they know their sports and are both able to get their point across quickly.

    Part of the reason PTI is so entertaining is its extra, original segments. Like over/under, Mail Call etc. These segments always add a bit extra to whatever it is they are covering and help to make PTI as great as it is.

    The only real downside to PTI is "Five Good Minutes", where Tony and Mike interview someone. Once in a while a PTI interview will actually be something cool or with a person that no one else has interviewed yet, but for the most part it's kind of boring and makes me wish they'd go back to talking about sports issues.

    The old saying is "Less is more". Tony and Mike keep it short, but end up being more entertaining, much more funny, and much more informative than any other sports show out there.
  • Bill's review of Jason Witlock

    Trying to rate this guy a 10+. He was excellent. Knows what he was talking about and would like to see more of him
  • We watch PTI regularly and are strongly against having Dan LeBatard as co-host when Tony or Michael are out. PLEASE bring in any one of the other ESPN commentators!

    Tony and Michael are great together and we wish they never had to be off doing their thing somewhere other than in front of the camera. Humor along with solid information and personal insight make this show a daily favorite. Guests for the 5 minutes are always super and the various techniques the guys use (crystal ball, etc.) add a bit of variety to straight reporting and commenting. My wife has learned a lot about sports from watching PTI and it has made my life easier when I want to keep ESPN and ESPN2 on most of the time. I don't have to watch Dancing with the Stars!
  • There are countless places to get sports news, but only PTI provides daily commentary on the day's sports news (as well as other non-sports stories) in a high-paced format.

    There are countless places to get sports news, but only PTI provides daily commentary on the day’s sports news (as well as other non-sports stories) in a high-paced format. Washington Post sports columnists Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon debate the day’s top stories in a rapid-fire format, as a countdown clock keeps the show moving at a fast pace.

    This show does a good job of providing the essentials of each story so even those unfamiliar with the topic can understand the arguments. Both men have been friends for years, so they know how to push each others’ buttons and make the show humorous. It is a great way to keep up on sports news while being entertained at the same time.

    The only reason I rate this show a 9.5 as opposed to a perfect 10 is that during the summer, Kornheiser and Wilbon take vacations, and the show suffers an obvious letdown. The replacement hosts aren’t as entertaining and aren’t familiar with each other enough to provide good banter.
  • Yah - we're all here extolling PTI's virtues because IT is the 'best damned sports show ever'.

    From an idea by former sports writer, Tony Kornheiser, this show, now technically in it's fifth year, is THE best 'talking heads' sports show on TV.

    Kornheiser and partner, Michael Wilbon (who recently missed just ONE week while undergoing bypass surgery) are the quintiscential, ying-yang of adverserial sports talk. They are more often than not on opposite sides of most issues while miraculously seeming to be in total harmony with each other.

    For those of us who are addicted to the show (my friends all know not to call me during this half hour - even though I DVR it for back-up), we have come to simply enjoy this special dynamic. But it is absolutely amazing that they have somehow found this 'Twilight Zone' of fierce argumentative friendship that inevitably leads us to see two sides of every topic and then arrive at a singular conclusion.

    It is the chemistry, along with, to some degree, the format of this show that makes it special. They have such a reputation, that almost anyone who is anybody in the sports world tunes in whenever possible and is more than willing to be a guest on the show. Charles Barkley is probably the best example of someone who disdains most sports reporters but appears at a moment's notice if PTI calls.

    The list of guests is probably the most impressive of any talk show in history. On the occasion that either TK or MW cannot co-host, there is a litany of others who will gladly sit in - most notably of late, Miami sportswriter, Dan Lebatard, who, despite all of the comments to the contrary, is well-respected and well-liked by the two stars.

    If you have not seen the show, catch it just before the regularly scheduled first-airing of the late-afternoon/early-evening broadcast of Sportscenter. The show is so good that SC now delays the final three minutes of PTI so that it airs as a segment of SC about 15 minutes into their prime sportscast. It has also led to Kornheiser being made a member of the ABC Monday Night Football broadcast (where he, by his own admission, stinks it up). It's unfortunate that unless he is doing the halftime PTI wrap-up with Wilbon, TK has never hit it off with MNF viewers. It's their loss.
  • PTI...the daily staple for all of those looking to blend sports and pop culture. TK and MW tackle all the topics of the day, keep it light and enjoyable while being informative.

    For so long I was looking for the show that would combine my love of sports and pop culture. How many times was I stuck between watching the game or watching reality tv. well it didnt take too long to stumble across PTI. Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, two esteemed writers from the Washington Post spearhead this daily jaunt into the sportsworld, its issues and all of the other hot topics that keep us busy away from our normal work.

    First segment is all about the sports issues. They tackle 90 second segments on what are normally the top 5 issues of the day. Taking turns, they are thoughtful and informative with just the right touch of humor. Siskel and Ebert they are not but they have created a synergy with their audience not only with their views but with their growing pti culture and terminology.

    Second segment is Five Good Minutes. This is the interview segment where they will pull in a member of the sportsworld, either an athlete or sportswriter normally to talk about either an event of hot topic. my fave is charles barkley cause he is sir charles but they always seem to get the best out of their guests, whether it be mr tie-lighter digger phelps or beefcake jay bilas.

    The third segment varies on a daily basis, but this is where they turn it on....mail call, food chain, good cop/bad cop, odds, and the psychic are just some of the bits, tied in with hilarious costumes where they back and forth on the issues sports and entertainment.

    The final segment goes to happy birthdays and happy trails. tony reali, the stat boy, calls the guys out on any errors and provides the perfect wingman with his own spiel.

    the big finish is the rapidfire finish, mostly on a who-ya-got pickem type basis. so if you got the time or a tivo, check it out, give it a week and you'll be hooked.
  • Most dominate athletes: Babe Ruth, Wilt the Stilt, Bill Russell, Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Jack Nichlaus, Rocky Marciano, Tiger, who did you forget!!!???

    Hey guys. I was watching your latest show as you two discussed who is the most dominate athlete of all time. Hank Aaron suggested Tiger Woods, but as we all know it is too early to tell. You two, along with the Around the Horn program suggested multiple names yet no one said anything about Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky's records will never be touched, and statistically may be the most dominate athlete to ever play his or her sport. Babe Ruth makes a good argument considering he crushed then baseball records, but unlike the babe, Gretzky's records will never be broken. Is hockey really that seldomly thought of that you forgot the mention the GREAT ONE!!!
  • Mike & Tony as Teenagers

    I noticed the pictures of you two in the background. Obviously taken a few year ago -You both had hair! Have a great year, Jumbo
  • 30 minutes just isn't enough, at the rate these guys go through sports with some of the best comments they could fill a whole hour.

    Tony and Mike are the best. Their in-depth knowledge of the sports they banter about is commendable. I have never enjoyed a sports talk show more than I have watching these guys. Their occasional jabs at each other is great light-hearted fun. The arguing back and forth over the smallest of details is great.
    Keep up the great job and look forward to hopefully a full hour of the two best guys in sports.
  • Tony and Mike argue about sports. They give you a rundown on the side of the tv what they are going to talk about. They argue about day to day sports and each others opinions.

    To me this is the best show ever. I love how Tony and Mike argue about sports. They make the show so exciting. They talk about day to day sports and things that are good and bad in sports today. They rate certain sports teams on events that happened that day. They give reviews about opinions. They talk about athletes who get hurt or who doing bad or good. This show is the best. I can't miss one day of it. Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheisher always disagree about points. In the end they have the toss up which means they talk about what team is better. They also talk about good shows to watch after later on that day. BEST SHOW EVER!
  • Best Sports show on TV!!!

    I remember watching this from day one and the show seemed so ghetto and low budget. The show is still ghetto and low budget but it's the best sports show on TV. DING!! That's the bell. I love how it works. The topics, the timer, Tony and Mike going at it. They have the best chemistry and it's obvious when they have guest hosts. The show is refined now so even when there is a guest host the show still runs smoothly but it's at the top of it's game with Tony and Wilbon are there. The best shows are when Wilbon gets caught up in a subject and expresses himself truthful but forcefully. Ripping people and threatening to give someone a beat down is classic. :)
  • this is the best sports show ever! they argue on compatible level and are very knowledgeable on every sports topic. i watch it everyday, better than sportscenter!

    this is the best sports show ever! they argue on compatible level and are very knowledgeable on every sports topic. i watch it everyday, better than sportscenter! this is the best sports show ever! they argue on compatible level and are very knowledgeable on every sports topic. i watch it everyday, better than sportscenter! this is the best sports show ever! they argue on compatible level and are very knowledgeable on every sports topic. i watch it everyday, better than sportscenter! this is the best sports show ever! they argue on compatible level and are very knowledgeable on every sports topic. i watch it everyday, better than sportscenter
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