Posts Tagged ‘ESPN’

040912 tebow easterI was going to throw a serious bitchfit when I heard that Time Tebow aka Backup Jesus was signed by the New England Patriots. At first I thought it was a joke. You know, you see somebody tweet out “BREAKING NEWS” followed by something ridiculous. They are just trying to be funny and the whole thing shouldn’t be taken seriously. I have been known to do that from time to time as well.

But when I saw this I knew I couldn’t possibly be true. When I found out it was true I hit the roof. This bit of news pretty much ruined the whole season for me and plenty of other fans.

I was going to piss and moan about how I didn’t even want to watch the NFL and how this decision is an affront to the whole game of football. I was going to do that but my good friends over at Deadspin beat me to it. And they did it much better than I would have.

This is one of my favorite passages:

This is what you’ve foisted upon the world, Bill Belichick. You can’t win a Super Bowl with your shitass defense these days, so now you just content yourself with demonstrating little football tricks for the world, to let everyone know you’ve still got it. You just subjected us to the worst of ESPN and the Tebow Industrial Complex. I hope it was worth it. You dick.

Took the words right out of my mouth.


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It didn’t take too long for someone at the Worldwide Leader to make a fool out of himself regarding the Jason Collins announcement. Chris Broussard came in right on cue to prove once again that he is an idiot.

This is from my good friends over at Deadspin.

Well, after ESPN had a fairly terrible morningcovering the Jason Collins story, it looked like the network was making progress this afternoon: Smart news hour Outside The Lines would expand to a full hour to discuss the NBA player’s announcement. Fantastic.

Or maybe not. OTL booked Chris Broussard to have a discussion with openly gay correspondent LZ Granderson, and it rapidly devolved into a talk about whether or not gay sex is sinful. Huh? (Broussard’s let his thoughts on this matter be known before).

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In a recent interview with ESPN, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis stated that if there is no NFL season this year it will surely lead to an increase in “evil” in America.

“Do this research,” he said, “if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game.”

While Lewis may know something about crime, (he was famously indicted on murder charges in 2000 but the charges were dropped when he decided to testify against his friends) but he may not know much about the cause of crime. To think that fans are going to go on a crime spree if their favorite team is not playing is ridiculous. It may happen out in Oakland, but I submit to you that Raider fans were probably going to commit those crimes anyway.

“There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us,” he told ESPN. “Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.”

I think Ray Lewis is vastly overestimating his, and every other professional athletes, importance in people’s lives.

I understand that NFL players have to make a case for ending the lockout and getting the 2011 season started, but this argument doesn’t pass the Laugh Test.  Of course, maybe he is talking about the NFL players going on a crime spree if there is no football to occupy their time. That may actually make some sense considering some of the high profile arrests of pro athletes that have been made in recent history.

But I doubt that is what he was talking about. His argument seems to be, “Let us play and nobody will get hurt.”  Which sounds more like a threat than anything else.

Fear mongering to get your way will most assuredly backfire for the players. America will not descend into a Mad Max post apocalyptic terrorscape just because there is no football on Sunday. I want football back as much as the next guy, but I’m certainly not going to go out and wreak havoc on society if there isn’t.

Now, if there is no NBA season, that’s a different story.

Kobe Bryant is getting flack for a new commercial for Call of Duty: Black Ops in which he makes a cameo. I’m sure you have seen it by now.  It takes place in a bombed out urban war setting with businessmen, scientists, construction  works, what looks like a Best Buy worker, Kobe and Jimmy Kimmel all carrying automatic weapons and shooting at some invisible foe. Or maybe they’re shooting out each other. I’m not sure.  The tagline is “There’s a Soldier in All of Us.”

That’s supposed to mean that people of all walks of life will be playing this game. I get it; if you want to move some product you put famous people in the commercial. Whether they have any connection to the product or not. Does Kobe even play video games? He strikes me as the kind of dude who doesn’t play them at all.

So of course, all the usual characters come out against this ad.  All the anti-gun, anti-violence, anti-video game groups and anyone else with a cause they are trying to sell to the public.

You would expect those people.

The group I didn’t expect to have a problem with this was ESPN. They did a story on their website and aired a segment on “1st and 10”. In that segment, Skip Bayless called Kobe’s participation in the commercial “the all-time What Were You Thinking?”

 He went on to say, “He was smiling while holding an assault rifle in combat while we have troops overseas at this moment doing the same thing for real in combat. It’s completely out of bounds for Kobe Bryant, who I thought had completely rehabilitated his image after Eagle, Colo., but even the great Kobe Bryant is not that, so to speak, bulletproof.”

For Bayless to invoke the troops in this argument is completely transparent and also hypocritical.  He’s saying Kobe should have thought about the troops before he made the decision to be in this commercial. My question is; When has Skip Bayless ever thought about the troops? What has he ever done? Google “Skip Bayless” and “US troops” and see what comes up. Nothing, because Skip Bayless has never done anything for the troops. Except use them as a prop to justify his mock outrage.

And what would ESPN be saying if it was LeBron James in that commercial? I imagine they would be saying that he is “just having fun” and “repairing his image” and probably “showing that he’s a true warrior” or whatever nonsense they gush when they have a LeBoner.  And ESPN should take a look at the moral decisions some of their on-air personalities have made in the recent past. (The name Jay Mariotti comes to mind.)

I think everyone needs to take a step back and realize that it’s just a commercial about a video game. To be sure, there is real violence in the world that needs to be addressed.  But this violence did not start with video games and certainly not with Kobe Bryant.

LeBron has a new commercial out. Normally I wouldn’t be commenting about a commercial but this one grabbed my attention. It’s the first one, as far as I know, to address the issue of LeBron’s image problem.

You know, the problem of people thinking he’s a total douchebag after watching the ego-fest of “The Decision” on ESPN. (I like to call it “The LeBacle” because it was probably the worst PR stunt in the history of professional sports. But that’s just my opinion.)

So, Nike and LeBron have teamed up to make this new commercial in which LeBron seems to be saying “Yeah, I made some mistakes,” but unfortunately his ego and hubris shines through even the editing process.

The whole “What should I do?” line rings hollow. It’s not like we just came down on him for no reason. What LeBron STILL seems to not understand is that he brought all this negativity on himself. This whole commercial seems to try to deflect all the blame to basketball fans. It’s like he’s saying WE don’t understand him and what he’s going through. Like, somehow, we should be trying to make up with him.

While this was nowhere near as damaging as “The LeBacle,” it’s still a far cry from bringing all the fans around to his side.

At some point I wish LeBron would set his ego and image aside and just say, “I screwed up.” And then we can all get on with our lives.

While ESPN is desperately waiting to give LeBron James his first championship it, is the Miami Heat fans that are injection some sense into the circus that has followed the Heat for the last month. Kind of.

In a recent open scrimmage, Heat fans burst into a “Beat L.A.!” chant. While that is extremely premature, it does prove one thing: Even front running Heat fans know the Los Angeles Lakers are the team to beat. Now if we can just get someone at ESPN to realize this because they are “All Heat, All the Time” now that the NBA season is at hand.

And let’s not forget about the other teams in the league, especially those in the Eastern Conference. I’m sure the Boston Celtics, the Orlando Magic and even the Chicago Bulls will have something to say about who faces (and loses to) the Lakers in the Finals.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for being optimistic, especially when it comes to sports. (Hell, I still believe that the Dodgers will make it back to the World Series before I die!)But there is a fine line between optimistic and delusional. The Heat fans and ESPN are right up against that line.

I know this is an old topic but it keeps coming up. People are still bitching about  Kobe getting the Finals MVP. Their argument: “He only shot 6-for-24. How is that an MVP?”  This 6-for-24 mantra is big with all the Kobe Haters out there and especially for one Boston-loving douchebag over at ESPN.

So, once and for all, let’s take a look at the “disappointing” Game 7 performance of one Kobe Bean Bryant.

While it is true that he shot 6-for24 it is also true that he scored 23 points, to lead ALL scorers. That’s right, even with that “horrible” shooting night Kobe still was the high scorer for the game.

Let that sink in for a second. The Finals MVP scores the most points in the most important game of the Finals. He also scored 10 of those points in the 4th quarter. That’s being a clutch player and dare I say, MVP-like.

Since his shot was obviously not dropping, Kobe decided to put his stamp on the game in another way: rebounding. He wound up with 15 rebounds for that game. Just to put that into perspective for you; that’s more rebounds than Kevin Garnett and Paul Peirce COMBINED! (Together they had 13.)

To put it simply, Kobe outscores every one, takes over the 4th quarter and out rebounds Boston’s top two players.

So, if all you can say is “6-for-24” that means two things; you’re a liar and you desperately don’t want people to know the truth or you’re an idiot who can’t even do a simple Google search to find the facts. If you work for ESPN I’d say it’s a little of both.