Arena ESPN Stupidity Thread

Discussion in 'Community' started by DarthIntegral, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. rechedelphar Force Ghost

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    they should cover current sports. I grow tired of 365 NFL coverage
  2. DarthIntegral Force Ghost

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    Exactly.

    Whatever semantics anyone wants to throw onto it, lock or projected Hall of Famer, throwing that status onto someone entering their 1st or second year in the league is stupid. It's instant history at it's worst. It's ESPN trying to be relevant, and not realizing how relevant they were when they just gave us the sports news, snuck a little bit of humor into it, and put out a good, informative product, instead of trying to tell us who we should be perceiving as great.
  3. Baron-Soontir-Fel Jedi Grand Master

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    I have to hand it to you, Integral, this is an excellent idea for a thread.

    The "Who's Now" thing is beyond dumb, and the decline of ESPNClassic is a very sad story. What was once a great channel to watch baseball games is now a place to watch 'classic' poker and American Gladiators.

  4. KnightWriter Administrator Emeritus

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    Who remembers just plain Classic Sports? Pre-ESPN, that is.
  5. JMJacenSolo Jedi Master

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    Who's Now is indeed incredibly lame, especially the celebrity panelists they bring in who don't even have a clue what they are talking about. But it's just ESPN trying to manufacture news during the dog days of summer. 90 minutes of baseball highlights and analysis is what Baseball Tonight's for.
  6. Dal--Intrepid Jedi Grand Master

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    Interesting article by the ESPN Ombudsman about the fan reaction to the Who's Now segments . . . Apparently we weren't the only ones ripping it up . . .

    After Who's Now, What's Next?
  7. DarthIntegral Force Ghost

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    ESPN.com isn't all bad: TMQ Returns!



    Just thought it would be appropriate to show that I don't just hate ESPN.

    Now back to your regularly scheduled mocking of ESPN.
  8. jangoisadrunk Jedi Master

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    TMQ is fine when he talks sports, politics, science, and the like, but I really don't care that he thinks he too uber-intelligent to like the Sopranos after the first season, and can point out all the show's "inaccuracies" (it's fictional, after all). The same goes for when he bashes Battlestar Galactica for being unrealistic. In fact, most of his TV criticisms are based off the logical fallacy that he knows more about the characters and universes than the shows' creators. He really hurts his own credibility with those childish fanboy flights of fancy.
  9. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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    As I alluded to in my first post, I think a big part off the problem is that most people involved in sports broadcasting these days have some kind of degree in "sports broadcasting", not journalism. Their English is usually atrocious, no better than most ex-jocks. At ESPN, things have become particularly bad because the newer generations have become all about catch-phrases to emulate Patrick and Olbermann, totally ignoring that they and the other early ESPN people were good reporters first and foremost, who happened to be blessed with a sharp wit. Even Chris Berman was once a very good sports reporter before he turned into the pathetic parody of himself that he's become.
  10. darthdrago Force Ghost

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    I agree that the poker saturation isn't helping, and since Fox Sports Net is doing the same thing, anytime I see five or six people around a green table I switch the channel right away.

    From what I've read so far, I'm guessing the folks in this thread probably aren't too pleased with ESPN's increasing coverage of the National Spelling Bee each year. :D
  11. Herman Snerd Force Ghost

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    I'm not bothered by the spelling bee just as long as The Ocho brings me the dodgeball tournaments.
  12. JediCouncilMember Jedi Master

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    Yeah, the spelling bee doesn't bother me cause its a once a year thing, but if all of a sudden they start showing it everynight and everytime they need a filler hour they throw in a spelling bee, then that would annoy me.
  13. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    I know ESPN has showed part of a middle school math competition before (head to head, speed competition), but that didn't bother me at all, partly because I used to compete in that competition and was just glad it was getting publicity, plus it was only a once a year thing that didn't take up too much time. Unlike, say, poker.
  14. Baron-Soontir-Fel Jedi Grand Master

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    Exactly, rogue. I don't mind the occasional alternative event, but poker takes up a ton of ESPN's programming.
  15. rechedelphar Force Ghost

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    Poker is great

    How about the Little League world series on all day. I hate that stuff. When I was young I loved it but now I really dislike it
  16. DarthIntegral Force Ghost

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    Another Bracket. [face_plain]


    Seriously, I think they should change the name from ESPN.com to wedolotsofbracketstofindthebestofalltimeinsports.com, because that's pretty much all they do for original content anymore.
  17. rechedelphar Force Ghost

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    18 majors does not top 868 home runs
  18. DarthIntegral Force Ghost

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    I'm upping this thread on the occasion of the fantastic poll that is currently on espn.com:

    <img src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d42/DarthIntegral/whatespn.png">


    (for the record SN as a whole favors Yes over No by 64%, with Texas at a whopping 79%. Only Montana, Idaho, New Mexico and Alaska think No has the better talent/fit for the Cowboys)
  19. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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  20. -polymath- SFF:F/TV Trivia Host

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  21. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Darn, they fixed it. Still great, though.
  22. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    'No' was obviously better...
  23. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Of course it was. They should have included it in the deal for Pac-Man :p
  24. Darth McClain Arena Manager Emeritus

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    Oh, wow. Gotta love the Entirely Self Promoting Network. It's seemingly gone the way of CNN/Fox News/etc...it's on 24/7/365, so we have to fill it with something, right? [face_plain]
  25. DarthIntegral Force Ghost

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    are you saying that when the Titans asked what they'd give up for Pacman, they should have just said "no"?



    :p