Miami rolling late in the first half. LeBron should get his much deserved title and Finals MVP shortly
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 normally SyFy's latest ghost show would hardly merit an eye blink...till I saw the first episode tells the tale of a U-M Sorority House haunting. So oddly on-topic, and they'll have me watching at least one episode.
If anyone knows anyone on the show (or if someone on it is actually reading) hop on and tell us about it. It's early, but I thought it more worthwhile for people to dvr set than have it on the front page for an "open thread"...though if there's any great U-M shots, or anything cool, I'm sure people will point it out tonight.
The kicker? They're bookending the short summer series with an episode at a Slippery Rock Frat.
The man who was beaten by LA Police and set off riots in LA back in 1991 is dead. Found at bottom on pool.
Well i have been drinking since about 3 so i am pretty buzzed right now, sun really adds to that. Anyways, i started with two Back in Black Black IPA (great beer) and then moved on to some Labatt summer samplers i picked up at Costco earlier today.
What is everyone drinking tonight?
I'm supposed to be standing in the wedding for one of my good buddies at his wedding in mid-August and have been scouring different sites for some cheap flights out to Detroit. Right now, i've used priceline and the cheapeast roundtrip from El Paso, TX to DTW is still about $475. Anyone have any good tips on how I could possibly find a cheaper flight? Thanks for any advice!