I’m a guy.
And like many guys I watch sports.
And as such I have spent a great many hours watching this show:
These men were like gods to me:
They were smart, they were funny, they made watching sports highlights fun.
And it is with great sadness that I confess that it’s been a long time since I’ve felt that way about ESPN’s flagship program.
And it isn’t because I love sports any less…
But I can no longer stand the people relaying the information to me.
It used to be Olbermann, Patrick, Tirico, Kilborn would delight me not just with the sports highlights, but with the energy they brought to their coverage. Heck, even Charlie Steiner was more awesome than any man sporting a beard like that on national television had any right to be.
Don’t believe me? Check out this classic clip of when someone exercised bad judgment in who they let sing the national anthem.
That was real; That was genuine. Now we have some unholy collection of the ignorant, the arrogant and the loud.
And in between talking over each other they do something so ridiculous, it made me pinch myself the first time I saw it to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.
But alas, it wasn’t a dream at all. They were reading tweets aloud.
I may be in the minority, but I really don’t need to know if LeBron James is setting up his fantasy football team.
So where did it go wrong? At what point did ESPN devolve into this horrible morass of suckitude?
I don’t have an answer. But maybe someone out there does. If you do, please share it with me.