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"Four Troperiffic sportswriters right there! Today, lampshades will be hung, hilarity is likely to ensue, and who on the panel will be the first to fail biology, forever? Ten topics, but only one winner. Let's do it!"Around the Horn is a sports discussion show on ESPN, which debuted in 2002 and is still ongoing. The premise is simple — four sportswriters with No Indoor Voice debate about current sport topics and are scored on their arguments. The moderator is Pardon The Interruption 's Tony "Stat Boy" Reali (formerly Max Kellerman), who has ultimate power over the panelists' scores and the almighty mute button. Points are (in theory) awarded for good arguments, jokes and commentary, and taken away for contradictory or incomprehensible arguments (among other things), which can also earn a 10-second mute. In practice, however, it usually all devolves pretty quickly. Right before the second commercial, the player with the lowest score is eliminated, then again before the next commercial, before the final two engage in a "showdown" to determine the day's winner, who receives a solo spot to rant about or praise whatever they feel like for 30 seconds.The usual rotation of panelists includes Woody Paige, Tim Cowlishaw, J.A. Adande, Bill Plashcke, Jackie MacMullen, Bob Ryan, Bomani Jones and Kevin Blackistone, with occasional appearances by Michael Smith, Jemele Hill, Pablo Torre, Israel Gutierrez and Gene Wojciechowski, among others. Jay Mariotti was a regular panelist since the show's beginning, but he hasn't appeared since his August 2010 domestic violence arrest, and ESPN has made it clear they aren't really interested in bringing him back.ATH is a part of the ESPN network's afternoon block of "journalists yell about sports" shows, with Numbers Never* Lie, Dan Le Batard Is Highly Questionable, Pardon The Interruption and Sports Nation. The audio of every episode is also available for listening on ESPN.com's podcast section.Not to be confused with Round the Horne.
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