Denard No. 6, Lewan was 10.
My prediction to finish out the rest:
3. Tom (This bottles my mind)
4./5. Burkhead, somebody else who I can't think of.
So ESPN in my opinion does a pretty good job of covering live events. Gameday is great for both football and basketball and in general they nail day-of-game coverage type stuff. They've always been prone to self promotion (if a game is on ESPN you'll hear all about it. If it's not, you wont. How many minutes did they talk hockey during the playoffs? Or even the NBA playoffs that were on the other channel?) and I get that. The 30 for 30 series was great and I'm glad to see that they're doing more documentaries. They've made the NFL draft a 3 day event that gets great ratings. ESPN has also done a great job IMO of local content. They hired away TomVH from here and in general WolverineNation has been a success. Their city-based programming is great too. I live in Chicago and ESPNChicago.com and the local radio AM 1000 is top-notch sports coverage.
So what the hell are they doing with their national stuff? Are they trolling true sports fans? Someone over there has to know that Skip Bayless and Steven A Smith are terrible analysts/probably terrible people. And they're the front page coverage of the NBA finals. Last night I turned on ESPN as background noise and those two were debating if Lebron was greater than Jordan. Seriously? Between Tebow and Linsanity they can kill a story, make it a zombie, kill it, make a sequel zombie and then double tap just to be safe. Mike and Mike seem more interested in talking about their wives than sports, and are ridiculously quick to overreact. "Durant is great! Durant sucks. Lebron will never win a ring! Lebron wins tonight! Blow up Miami! Oh wait, their 3rd best player was out." And to top it all off they just hired creepster extraordinaire Rovell.
What's their end game here? Are they trolling and weeding out the knowledgable sports fans? (If you're on mgo you're a smart fan). Are some higher-ups so convinced that they're making great decisions and it's an emperor's new clothes situation? Or are they all conviced that they dominate the market so much that no one can touch them, so who gives a damn? I'm to the point where certain national things on ESPN are appointment viewing and I can't stand sportscenter as background noise anymore. Where are you with ESPN? Have any ideas on what the hell they're trying to do here? This link from mgolicious put it well http://holdintherope.blogspot.com/2012/06/espn-skip-bayless-and-where-this-is-all.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HoldinTheRope+%28Holdin%27+The+Rope%29&utm_content=Google+Reader when will their credibility erode completely?
So the best game in the Noon timeslot is Michigan 15 v. Iowa, which wins by default because it is the only game involving a ranked team on the road.
The 3:30 timeslot may even be worse, with Stanford 4 v. Oregon State as the ranked team on the road edging out Texas A&M v. Oklahoma 6 in a game with likely no BCS implications.
I believe the main reason this happened is ESPN is mad at CBS for moving the LSU v. Bama game to the 8:00 timeslot, so they decided to stick South Carolina 9 v. Arkansas 7 at 7:15 and KSU 14 v. OKST 3 at 8:00 to in a probably fruitless attempt to siphon off viewers from the most touted college football game this season.
Just another reason to hate ESPN in case you need to add to the list.
Well, they've done it again!
The bright folks at the WWLIS (aka ESPN) have seen fit to show OSU against a TERRIBLE opponent on national T.V for a second time this season. The OSU @ Minnesota game is going to be shown at 8 PM on ABC this Saturday.
Remember earlier in the season when we were treated to a 3:30 PM ABC showdown of Eastern Michigan @ OSU? Now this classic against 1-7 Minnesota?!?!? I can only assume that someone in the ESPN T.V. scheduling department has a serious hard-on for OSU.
The reason I complain about this is that I watch T.V. so infrequently (pretty much just college football games) that I don't bother to get anything but basic cable, so I don't get ESPN and its myriad variants in HD. The only games I can watch in HD are on the major networks and I get forcefed an OSU v. Minnesota game. Seriously? I guess it is a conspiracy to force everyone to upgrade to digital cable.
We're not in the top 25. OK, I guess that could be true theoretically at this point in the season. But...
According to our man Tim's Diary, this does not compute:
Our average recruit ranking on ESPN is 78.17 vs. Nebraska's average of 75.85. Nebraska has 13 commitments, we have 12.
Nebraska is ranked #15. We are not ranked.
Am I missing something other than the obvious "ESPN blows" response?
edit: link behind paywall added: