Series / Jim Rome is Burning

"But first, here's what I'm burning on!"

Jim Rome is Burning was a sports discussion show hosted by Jim Rome. Debuting in 2003, it ran on ESPN for several years, but in 2011 was moved to ESPN2, and ended on Jan. 27, 2012 due to Rome moving to CBS Sports with a new show, ROME. The show, formerly named Rome is Burning and frequently abbreviated as JRIB, is basically a condensed version of Rome's radio show The Jim Rome Show, and as such incorporates many of the same features.

The format of the show is as follows:
  • Rome is Burning - Rome gives takes on 4 - 5 current sports topics.
  • Alone with Rome - Rome interviews an athlete, coach, or other sports figure.
  • The Forum - A one-on-one discussion with another sports show host or columnist about a number of topics. Formerly, two such figures were featured and the segment featured fewer topics; this changed to the one-on-one format in early 2010.
  • The Correspondent - An athlete, coach, or occasional celebrity gives a "behind-the-scenes" look at their work.
  • The Final Burn - Rome gives one or two final takes and signs off.

The Correspondent usually runs once a week; the rest generally run in the given order every day, although circumstances can cause changes.

The show was part of the ESPN network's afternoon block of "journalists yell about sports" shows (along with Numbers Never* Lie, Dan LeBatard is Highly Questionable, Around the Horn, Pardon the Interruption, and SportsNation).

This show provides examples of:

  • Americans Hate Soccer: invoked Rome may well be the Trope Codifier, as he is considered to be soccer's most outspoken hater who tends to be hell-bent on demeaning the sport, its players and its fans whenever a soccer story is mentioned.
    • The only time he averted this was giving props to the women's team at UC-Santa Barbara (his alma mater) for winning the NCAA championship.
  • Catch-Phrase: Several, mostly from the radio show. Some that frequently show up:
    • The show's intro, which is too long to post in its entirety, as well as Rome saying "I am out." at the show's end.
    • Rome saying something about something an athlete's done (usually something illegal) and then saying "Allegedly."
    • Rome saying "Uh-oh!" and immediately being echoed by a clip of Carl Lewis saying "Uh-oh!" during his disastrous singing of the National Anthem.
    • Rome referring to a fanbase for a team as "___ Fan" ("Raider Fan", "Lakers Fan", etc.)
  • Colbert Bump: "JRIB Karma", the same as the "Jungle Karma" on the radio show, which is the tendency for athletes who appear on the show to do better than normal in their next game, or vice versa if they no-show.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Rome, frequently.
    • Columnist Ray Ratto was a never-ending font of bone-dry, sardonic snark.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Rome went from being very critical and sarcastic toward NASCAR to respecting the sport and the drivers.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: While Rome was interviewing Monta Ellis, then-swingman for the Golden State Warriors, Baron Davis bolted on-camera and gave Ellis a shaving cream pie to the face as a prank. Unfortunately for Ellis, the shaving cream hurt his eyes and the interview was awkwardly cut to a commercial as Ellis left to get medical help. Coming back from break, Davis took Ellis's spot and re-assured everyone that he was OK.
  • Large Ham:
    • Rome sometimes slips into this.
    • Petros Papadakis from The Petros and Money Show when he's doing "The Forum".
    • Many of the athletes in the Correspondent segments.
  • Pun: All of the headlines for the takes in "Rome is Burning" and "The Final Burn" are puns, usually of titles of works or aphorisms.

"I am out!"