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Ch.2's Beard loves working on "Daybreak" despite the hours; Bona gets little respect from CBS experts


What I didn’t tell you in my Sunday column about John Beard’s views on the FX series, “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” is that the Channel 2 anchor watches the 10 p.m. Tuesday series every week on Wednesday following his morning nap after anchoring “Daybreak.”

It is understandable since getting up to co-anchor the early morning program with Melissa Holmes pretty much means you can’t have an evening social life or watch television after 9 p.m. because sleep summons.

The ungodly hours make you wonder how long Beard plans to anchor “Daybreak.”

“I don’t know,” said Beard. “As long as I enjoy it. I do like it. When I don’t like it, I won’t do it.”

Beard confirmed he has 18 months left on his contract, which means it will run until September of 2017. The contract gives him plenty of time off as any regular watcher of “Daybreak” realizes.

“Obviously, I’m planning on working the contract,” said Beard. “After that I don’t know. It will be a game time decision.”

To explain why he likes working "Daybreak" despite the hours, he revealed a conversation he had with his boss, Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner.

“He said, ‘are you happy, do you like what you are doing?’” recalled Beard.

“I said, ’I hate this every day when I get up. When I get here, I love it.’ That’s still true.”

“I’ve always been a news junkie since the time I was in high school… I like seeing what is going on, talking about it. I like the morning format because it is looser and my personality comes out, maybe too much… It is a nice blend of serious stuff and nonsense.”

Speaking of nonsense, let’s address CBS’ ridiculously long, two-hour selection show for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

It was a tough night as far as upstate New York was concerned for ESPN’s bracketology expert Joe Lunardi, who did very well predicting what was going to happen outside New York State.

He had Syracuse out of the 68-team field and St. Bonaventure in the field as a 10 seed. It turned out to be the other way around.

As a Syracuse grad, even I was more than a little surprised even though my alma mater had regular season wins over Bona and four highly-regarded tournament teams in Texas A&M, Duke, Notre Dame and UConn. Texas A& M is a three seed, Duke a four seed, Notre Dame a six seed and UConn a nine seed in regionals. Bona didn’t have any non-conference win as impressive.

Bona fans on social networks were furious about being snubbed and many seemed to think the two teams were tied together. It wasn’t so. Syracuse got a 10 seed, which meant it wasn’t the reason Bona didn’t make it. Michigan, which got an 11th seed, should have upset Bona fans more since the Wolverines’ schedule had several home wins over weak opponents.

To make matters worse for Bona, two of the four brackets were leaked on social networks at least 10 minutes before CBS announced them, and after they were announced CBS’ experts didn’t even include Bona in the discussion of surprising snubs.

CBS’ Seth Davis and ESPN’s Seth Greenberg both had Syracuse in the tournament, with CBS’ Doug Gottlieb the loudest vocal critic of its inclusion. “No team that lost to St. John’s this year should be in the tournament,” said Gottlieb.

He was addressing Syracuse’s most embarrassing loss. Of course, many teams in this year of parity had embarrassing losses.

It was one of many anti-Syracuse comments that Gottlieb has made in the past decade. Amusingly, he used to hammer Syracuse for its weak non-conference schedule. This time around, it was Syracuse’s strong non-conference schedule that got the team in the tournament despite losing five of its last six games.

Bona Coach Mark Schmidt indirectly pointed to that end-of-the-season run, which normally would eliminate a team from the tournament. However, Syracuse losses were to one of the four No. 1 seeds in the tournament (at North Carolina), at Top 15 team and tournament ineligible Louisville, twice to  another 10 seed, Pittsburgh, and at Florida State (which also hammered Notre Dame late in the season at home).



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