Fox Sports host Eric Shanks gave fans a primer on the new Crow name on Wednesday’s “Boomers & Raiders” podcast.
In a nod to the “Crow” character, Shanks noted that the name means “God” in Hebrew, which he also uses to describe the NBA All-Star.
The name “Crowded House” refers to the crowds that attended the show in Los Angeles.
“That was the first night of a big house, like ‘Crowdsourced’ meets ‘Million Dollar Extreme’ meets a little bit of ‘Catch Me If You Can,'” Shanks said.
“And then you’re in this tiny little hotel room with a lot of people.
And it’s really hard to get into the room.
It’s like, ‘OK, this is not gonna be good.'”
Shanks added that the “Bubbas” moniker comes from the rapper’s nickname, which is the most common abbreviation for the name.
Shanks said he and his crew were given the name because he thought it would be funny, and he thought that the fans would be more invested in the team.
“We just thought, ‘I guess the fans have to get excited,'” Shank said.
Shank, who has been the face of Fox Sports programming since 2006, said he was initially a fan of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets before he was hired to work for Fox Sports.
He has become one of the most beloved personalities on the network, with “Bubs” co-host Bill Simmons calling him “The Crow” since his arrival.
“He’s really fun, you know?”
Shanks told Simmons.
“I think he’s just a really good host, and I’m really excited to be a part of this.”
Shanks also noted that it was not uncommon for NBA stars to give their first name to their first teams, but he added that he was a bit surprised when the Raptors and Celtics chose different nicknames.
“It just felt like a bad fit,” Shanks explained.
“When I first heard ‘Cubs’ I thought, Wow, we’ve got a lot to work with.
We’ve got to get a nickname that’s catchy, but it doesn’t have to be the Celtics.
I think it’s a good fit.
It kind of feels like, OK, maybe that’s a bit of a cliché.”
Shank said that when he met with Raptors GM Masai Ujiri in Toronto, he was impressed by the team’s decision to go with the nickname.
“I don’t know, it just seemed to fit,” he said.
“And I’m happy that they went with it because I think we have a great organization and I think they’re going to do well.”
Shansays experience working on “Bum Bum” helped him become a fan.
“When I started working on ‘Bum Babes,’ the first episode of the show, I had to be in there and watch the first two minutes of the season,” he told Simmons, who also spoke with Shanks about the show’s debut episode.
“It’s like when you’re watching ‘The X-Files,’ the third episode.
It really feels like the same episode.
And I’m thinking, Wow.
It looks like the show.”