No need for a witty intro. Here's the **** the bothers me about ESPN.
1) Last night, my Minnesota Twins had a pretty interesting game. The Brewers made a 7-run comeback only to have Morneau hit a homer in the bottom of the ninth to win it. The reason I'm telling you this is because there was no Sportscenter or Baseball Tonight at 2 in the morning. ESPN re-aired the Mets/Yanks game. I already know the score. A recap (ala Baseball Tonight) is all I need.
2) All I need to say is Schilling. Really, you need to cut into my PTI to show his near no-hitter? Fine. I'll take it, but when he didn't get it, did you really have to stick with it? And then, when the game was over, did you really have to debate his greatness for the next half hour? No. But, you did.
3) Stuart Scott (you're not hip; you're 40), Chris Berman (He's a football god; he doesn't need to do baseball, basketball, hockey, and women's pole vaulting for ESPN), and Skip Bayless/Woody Paige (Tweedledee and tweedledum).
4) How big is your boner for Bonds? Luckily, Bonds on Bonds was a flop.
5) Why is it that any story involving the Yankees, Kobe, and Favre. I swear, if Favre ever went to a Yankees game with Kobe, it would be a 24-hour special on ESPN, ESPN2-17, ESPN Deportes, and an instant ESPN Classic.
6) My final rant is the bias towards all things East Coast. The story on their NFL page: going over the Jets/Giants offseason. Really? I can understand going by division, conference, or team. At least it's not as bad as baseball. The poll on ESPN a couple days back was "Who now is the leader of the Yankees: Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez?" Umm... I'm going to go with Steinbrenner. I understand that the Yankees have a lot of "fans", and they are surprisingly worse this year, but do you need to analyze them at length every day? Wang went 8 2/3 giving up 2 runs, and you immediately hear about it. Sweet -- a quality start.
Please, add more. I'm sure I'm too annoyed to think clearly and am missing some obvious ones.
(Also, I HATE Shwab (sp?) and his "potato chip analysis" on Cold Pizza. Dude, get off your ass. Watching figure skating and NFL Europe all weekend is not worth 3 1/2 bags of chips. Go buy a treadmill.)
What I like about ESPN: PTI, Baseball Tonight, NFL Live (especially Mark Schlereth, Mike Golic, and Jaws), Sunday NFL Countdown, used to love NFL Prime, Chris Behrman (even though most people don't like him), SportsCenter (even though 9/10 of the anchors suck), baseball/college basketball games, College World Series, Little League World Series, NFL Films Presents, SportsCenter commercials, ESPNEWS, the Bottomline, and just the overall concept.
What I don't like about ESPN: Skip Bayless (makes me want to pull my hair out because he always has to go against the grain and knows nothing), firing Harold Reynolds, pointless stories on SportsCenter, taking over Monday Night Football (Sunday Night Football has taken over as primetime, IMO), hiring every athlete to commentate that has ever played any sport, and being obsessed with the Yankees, Red Sox, Barry Bonds, Rex Grossman, the NFC East, and Kobe Bryant (even though I know it's not entirely their fault).
what I like about ESPN: PTI, Sports reporters, NFL Live, Jacked Up (on Monday nite countdown), And last but not least Rachel Nichols.
What I hate about ESPN: JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE
You could think of government workers like teenagers. You pay them an allowance, but do you get any work out them? They eat the food, put their feet on the furniture and complain loudly whenever they are unhappy.
What I like: The amount of football coverage in the off-season, American Gladiators, College Basketball Coverage, PTI
What I don't like: No NHL games, lack of NHL coverage, they show Baseball and talk about Baseball, the stupid top 10 highlights...like anything mascots really...some good plays really get over-looked. Any talk about Bonds, Farve, Baseball (specifically Yank's and Red Socks), horrible references (such as the the guy just not referred to a guy jumping as pressing "the triangle button", lack of College Hockey coverage...its a really really fun sport to watch, Poker, Pool, Cold Pizza, Around the Horn, amount of excessive NBA coverage, horrible show concepts: mainly the ones that look back on the past in the middle of primetime, ESPN Deportes, Skip Bayless, Car Shows, Too much focuses on players personal lives and the analyzing those social events in comparison to a performance and comparing them to other players who've been in a similar situation, Amount of air time sportscenter takes up in a day, how all the baseball highlights look the same (especially on the top 10), not enough highschool coverage (ESPN 2 Material- The cover some highschool football, need more), Too much talk of scandals taking away from the game: Landis, Bonds, Arrests.
(note: this was done while watching sportscenter...and mostly baseball highlights )
What I like: PTI, Mike and Mike, the format they use for debates in Around the Horn (can anyone whose been watching the presidential primary debates not wish that Wolf Blitzer had a mute button when someone went over time?).
What I dislike most (listing all would take too long): How they are worse than even most of the media at spinning a story into what they want it to be, instead of actually reporting. Getting rid of Skip Bayless, Woody Paige (actually makes Skip look sane, shudder), Jay Mariotti, and Merrill Hoge would be a huge step in the right direction.