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Re: Why I Hate ESPN

Postby eaglesrule » Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:08 am

Hate Hodge and Theisman, sometimes Salisbury.

Like Mike and Mike, Baseball tonight, sometimes NFL countdown.

incidentally, speaking of going over... Wolf Blitzer spoke at my girlfriend's commencement a few weeks ago (no, not robbing the cradle, it was her master's), and boy did he drone on and on.
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Re: Why I Hate ESPN

Postby joelamosobadiah » Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:06 am

Omaha Red Sox wrote:What I like about ESPN: Sports

What I hate about ESPN: Stuff that isn't sports


That is a great assessment. :-b

I literally laughed out loud when I read this:

LoveBoatCaptain wrote: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.
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Re: Why I Hate ESPN

Postby WickedSmaat » Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:43 am

Atleast there's some love out there in the world for Around the Horn ;D
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Re: Why I Hate ESPN

Postby knapplc » Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:50 am

WickedSmaat wrote:Atleast there's some love out there in the world for Around the Horn ;D

ATH is one of my favorite shows on ESPN, and one of the only non-sports shows I actually watch anymore. I haven't watched Sportscenter in years and years, and I never watch Baseball Tonight or whatever the football show is called (don't even know the name).

I only ever watch ATH and PTI and sports. Everything else sucks.
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Re: Why I Hate ESPN

Postby Mercer Boy » Tue Jun 19, 2007 10:15 am

Here comes my rant...

ESPN has gone the way of WWE...it's not about the actual sports anymore, it's about "sports entertainment."

Basically, they have turned all of their shows into glorified versions of stupid E! shows that are related to sports stars instead of movie and TV stars. To make things worse, the hosts of said shows think they are the funniest and most knowledgeable guys around when they are just talking heads that create drama and controversy to get ratings. To further their agenda, they constantly talk about the biggest and best teams and names in the game and conveniently neglect every other team since a plurality of people care more about them than any other team.

Therefore, you constantly get Red Sox/Yankees highlights and stories on Bonds, Favre, Kobe...they are all the drama queens who tell you they don't want to be in the spotlight yet continually draw a crowd to their every move. I am tired of the Red Sox and Yankees. There are much better stories that could be covered to possibly create something positive in the sports world.

Take my Pirates for example. It'd really be nice if ESPN decided to do an in-depth investigation and exposé on the owners and managers of the team to determine why the team continually sucks year after year. It wouldn't take much digging to realize that the owners don't care and are trying to make money instead of trying to win. This type of national exposure and frying could cause the owners to go into damage control and actually think about attempting to build a good team. The same could go for other teams in other cities and in other sports...ESPN could say they were the cause of it all, and boy, wouldn't that make them feel special?

Sportscenter is a crappy show these days; I don't even watch it. I watch ESPNEWS because they tell me about the games without all the stupid "Fact or Fiction" bullcrap. They also don't have all the former players telling me something that I already know. I could do what they do as could any other sportscaster in America, but since people recognize their face, they get a job on ESPN.

I actually enjoy the weird sports they show on Classic, so I am not going to complain there. Still, there are other ideas they could throw around that would be interesting...such as a fantasy football/baseball/hockey/basketball show with actually competent fantasy minds that could help people understand and enjoy the game more. I'm sorry, but Joe Theismann is not someone I want to learn fantasy football from. Yet they throw these morons on their super-duper fantasy kickoff show every year. Alas, "normal" people don't want to hear about fantasy football from nerds, so we get Nick Lachey and Chris Berman showing off their fantasy know-how each year. It's about as helpful as your appendix.

So anyway, the point is ESPN caters to a certain fan base - e.g. those fans who live on the East Coast in New York and Boston and those who are too brain-dead to care about any sports teams outside of those cities or the top players in each sport. Now, I'm not saying that Jeremy SchAAP and Bob Ley should be doing those odd "feel-good" stories all day long...but it would be nice if they covered all the teams in a more equal way, especially if their games were really competitive. I just don't see it happening any time soon - especially with the way American society is today. People eat up drama and like to gossip/talk about famous people getting into trouble. So, that's what ESPN gives them in the form of Skip Bayliss, Stephen A. Smith, and every story they do about A-Rod, Tiger Woods, Kobe, Favre, etc.

Until they get back to their roots and focus on the actual games, nothing is going to change.

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Re: Why I Hate ESPN

Postby HskrPwr13 » Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:03 pm

Mercer Boy wrote:Here comes my rant...

ESPN has gone the way of WWE...it's not about the actual sports anymore, it's about "sports entertainment."

Basically, they have turned all of their shows into glorified versions of stupid E! shows that are related to sports stars instead of movie and TV stars. To make things worse, the hosts of said shows think they are the funniest and most knowledgeable guys around when they are just talking heads that create drama and controversy to get ratings. To further their agenda, they constantly talk about the biggest and best teams and names in the game and conveniently neglect every other team since a plurality of people care more about them than any other team.


Definitley. I used to love Sportscenter as my main place to get sports news, but not anymore due to the above. I dont know why they felt they had to take on an MTV3 type tone. Do they feel that they cant keep up with the internet? I dont know what the problem is or what demographic they're trying to attract. One of my all time favorite shows was College Football GameDay. It started off good, got to be great, but now over the last couple of years they seem to doing the same thing they've done with Sportscenter: stories nobody cares about, bring in other "hosts" to try and create an unneccessary spark, concentrate on only the top few teams,....I could go on and on.
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Re: Why I Hate ESPN

Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:13 pm

houstonherdfan wrote:what I like about ESPN: PTI, Sports reporters, NFL Live, Jacked Up (on Monday nite countdown), And last but not least Rachel Nichols.




'Nuff Said!!! Damn, that's like pornstar sportscenter, the way she looks into the camera when she signs off. Grrrrrrr. :L
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Re: Why I Hate ESPN

Postby The Balanced Man » Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:45 pm

It seems like this whole thread got started because Minnisota didn't get enough love... I pulled that one from the Twins to the Farve rant, and some others.

Truthfully, I never noticed anything about Farve, I think your bias may bring that one out to more prominance on your TV.


But, the truth of the matter is, outside of Minn. no one cares about the Twins, or other Minn. teams. It's the same way here in Cleveland. And in many other places.

ESPN is going to put on TV what sells. Teams with more Fans, and players on those teams, are going to win out. Just a fact of life.

And I'm glad they do, because if they didn't they probably would tank.
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Re: Why I Hate ESPN

Postby joelamosobadiah » Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:23 pm

The Balanced Man wrote:
ESPN is going to put on TV what sells. Teams with more Fans, and players on those teams, are going to win out. Just a fact of life.

And I'm glad they do, because if they didn't they probably would tank.



Exactly. I know why they do that part, but its the celebrity part that I don't care for. :P
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Re: Why I Hate ESPN

Postby dream_017 » Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:34 pm

Dr. Duran Duran wrote:
houstonherdfan wrote:what I like about ESPN: PTI, Sports reporters, NFL Live, Jacked Up (on Monday nite countdown), And last but not least Rachel Nichols.




'Nuff Said!!! Damn, that's like pornstar sportscenter, the way she looks into the camera when she signs off. Grrrrrrr. :L



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