How did this happen to John Saunders?
I made the mistake the other night of watching a bit of ABC's The Superstars, which is yet another failed attempt by the network to recreate successes from the past (Exhibit A: Howard Cosell clones on Monday Night Football.)
Whatever it was, Saunders now finds himself in an announcing gulag from which there may be no escape. Now, he could help himself by calling this foolishness with the tone it deserves instead of performing as if he were covering the Super Bowl. ``Drama" and ``gruelling competition" are words that never should have escaped his lips.
But Saunders deserves better than this.
Heck, viewers deserve better than this.
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