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Hopefully, Dish won't go the same route with Disney. If they do, and drop the ESPN family of networks, they've lost me.
1 year, 2 months ago on The CBS dispute cost Time Warner Cable
Great hire. Steele is smart, knows her stuff and is easy to look at as well. Now, if we can just get them to dump Jalen Rose.
1 year, 3 months ago on Sage Steele is your new NBA Countdown host
Good signing. Herbie does a good job, is low key and a good fit with Musberger.
1 year, 7 months ago on Report: Herbstreit Close To 8 Year Extension With ESPN
Doug Moe. The guy was a riot when he was a coach, has a terrific sense of humor and he knows the game.
1 year, 7 months ago on Jeff Van Gundy reportedly a candidate for Clippers head coaching job
Please tell me again how in the hell Jalen Rose got a job on television? Wilbon should be the host of the show, or perhaps Simmons. Rose can't articulate his thoughts clearly, and some of his gaffes are classic. I watch the guy for comic relief.
1 year, 8 months ago on Jalen Rose does not know what the Pulitzer Prize is for
Haynes is actually a pretty good play by play guy. His sidekick Peter McNab and he are both entertaining and they know the game. McNab was a hell of a player in his day, so no surprise he knows his stuff. Haynes bleeds the Av's colors. He is also paid to spin the games in favor of the Avs and this year, that isn't easy. Consider him to be "Edwards light".
1 year, 9 months ago on This is the saddest NHL goal call ever | April | 2013
Whether Lewis caught a break in the double murders in Atlanta is arguable. His celebrity certainly didn't hurt him. That said, what isn't arguable is that for the last 10 years, he has handled his professional life without incident. While I find his "religious" outbursts comical, considering the fact that he has fathered several children with several women, his professional life has been relatively error free. I will give him a listen and see what he brings to the table. He possesses a wealth of knowledge and he is articulate. My guess is that he will succeed at ESPN.
1 year, 10 months ago on Ray Lewis finally... officially... joins ESPN | March | 2013
I have watched the show for years, dating back to the 1st and 10 days when Woody Paige was a regular. The problem isn't just the format, rather also the personalities involved. Cari Champion must be asking herself what in the hell she was thinking, leaving the Tennis Channel as a respected reporter to become the ringmaster over this circus. Stephen A is a damn good reporter and writer. It's sad to see him lower his standards to become part of this. As for Bayless, he has evolved from a pretty good sportswriter into a industry wide joke. He seems to have convinced himself that he matters. The fact is that his opinions are so obviously motivated by his desire to be noticed, that he has lost all credibility as a writer.
1 year, 10 months ago on Bill Simmons' critique of First Take exposes ESPN's identity crisis | March | 2013
@scoknuts They have good hockey people? They have ONE hockey person, Barry Melrose, and ONE anchor that knows the sport (Steve Levy). Maybe two if you include Linda Cohn, but she is on so infrequently these days that she doesn't count. By contrast, they employ over a dozen basketball experts. Hockey is treated like a fringe sport by the network because they view it as such. In markets like Philly, NY, Minneapolis and Detroit, hockey is far from fringe. It's growth in popularity in LA should make ESPN reconsider it's poor coverage, not to mention the rest of the country and the growing interest.
1 year, 11 months ago on ESPN's John Skipper: "We are doing hockey highlights." | February | 2013
Best studio show in all of sports. Period.
1 year, 12 months ago on NBA on TNT halftime mocks Charles Barkley | January | 2013
By all accounts, Stu is a good dude. Stay strong, our prayers are with you.
2 years ago on Stuart Scott's battle with cancer continues
This seems to be heading towards an ugly ending. T'eo told an ESPN reporter that the girl's family "wanted their privacy" when asked the week she "died". Sounds too convenient for me. If he was part of this "lie", his credibility is shot forever. My guess is that the facts are too trackable and the crap hits the fan, Manti T'eo will be exposed as one sick dude.
2 years ago on Real Tweets from Real (?) People - The Manti Te'o Hoax
I agree with most of the grades, the exception being Gruden. I thought he was far more critical this year. During the Packer- Seahawk debacle, he could barely keep his disgust from boiling over. Gruden improved greatly this year without Jaworski's endless diatribes over X and O's. He and Tirico have become a top notch team.
2 years ago on 2012 NFL Broadcasting Grades & Recap
Hastings has been a loose cannon in the Denver Media for years. His act has lost it's zip. Kinda sad watching a fairly entertaining middle aged ex jock evolve into an embarrassing attention starved old ex-jock.
2 years ago on Nuggets announcer Scott Hastings blames Broncos loss on vast NFL conspiracy
While ESPN gave him the platform, Parker's comments were his and he owns them. Parker is symbolic of what is wrong with journalism today. Too often the writer or the reporter is more interested in being the story than reporting one. Parker's history would suggest he has no business being on a "respectable" television network. He has a history of outrageous and racist comments. But ESPN has long ago lost any semblance of a "respectable" news outlet. As long as clowns like Skip Bayless are given platforms like "First Take", idiots like Parker will continue to find airspace to spew their stupidity.
2 years ago on Rob Parker isn't the only one to blame over RGIII comments, and we may not have seen the last of him
Parker wasn't trying to stir the "embrace debate" pot for ESPN when he made his asinine comments. The fact is, this is who Rob Parker is. He is a racist, an individual that still views everything in his life through a poison perspective. It is ironic that Parker heaps his vitriol on successful black men, putting them down instead of raising them up as examples to look up to. RG3 is a well educated, extraordinary talent and appears to be an even better human being. Class comes in all colors Rob. Too bad you're to blinded by your own ignorance to see it.
2 years ago on Rob Parker's contract not renewed by ESPN
Musburger stated the obvious, and his network feels compelled to apologize? For what? Miss Webb is a beauty queen for crying out loud. Since when is it a crime to admire the looks of a beauty queen? Two things to take from this. #1, Musburger may be old, but he ain't blind and #2, ESPN;s suits need to get a life.
2 years ago on AJ McCarron jokes about Brent Musburger: "He's going to have to step back next time"
Really Plaschke? Do you think we all need to know how you enjoy a little self indulgence when you travel? This may have been the dumbest act by a respected sports writer since Bayless decided to be a regular on First Take. No, wait a minute, I said respected sportswriter. Ah hell, never mind.
2 years ago on Bill Plaschke talked about a naked Helen Hunt and watching porn on the radio
Just another reason why TNT has the best studio show in sports. I don't think I've ever watched a segment without cracking a smile. These guys enjoy each other and they love their sport. Best chemistry in sports television.
2 years ago on Here's Shaquille O'Neal giving Kenny Smith a piggyback ride
@TheBlightning The pay TV argument doesn't hold water now. Almost every household has cable television now. The NCAA wouldn't contract with ESPN for the BCS game if the viewership was limited. ESPN pays far more for the Monday game rights than Fox and CBS. I'm surprised they get less respect than NBC. Remember, ESPN had a Sunday night game for years before ABC lost the Monday deal.
2 years ago on Monday Night Football hits four-year ratings low
I'm amazed at how the NFL screws over a longtime broadcast partner every year, while giving NBC "flex" games to assure some fan interest late in the year. Fox and CBS also get screwed by this system. You don't think that Fox would like to have this week's Skins - Cowboys game? ESPN doesn't help itself with the 90 minute post game show, with three analysts repeating themselves and doing their best to outperform each other. But the games need to be interesting and only NBC has any assurances that they will be.
How the hell Brown is even employed by ESPN is a mystery. He is a likable guy, but not the most articulate at his craft. There are far more guys with a lot more on the ball than Lomas, who can provide some decent insight. Just because you played doesn't make you qualified to be an "expert analyst".
2 years ago on What in the world is going on with ESPN's Lomas Brown?