I see you can't get any sleep, Brian
this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
UPDATE: Fear The Hat adds SI and USA Today and deliciously points out that the Miami story isn't even on the front page of their college football section. Despite the name, FTH does not appear to be Les Miles fan blog.
It's about 2 AM after Charles Robinson reduced the already fairly smouldering ruins of Miami football to a radioactive field of glass. Let's check national sports websites to see what they think is important!
Yahoo Sports won't be a surprise but here it is:
What does ESPN think is important at this moment? Do you think it's something other than an earth-shaking, NCAA-threatening, death-penalty-warranting annihilation of a major college football program? Surely. Surely they have passed it over in favor of someone who plays baseball in the Northeast, because they suck that hard, you say?
That guy totally plays regular season baseball… in Atlanta.
Goddammit, ESPN. Sometimes you do suck just as hard as everyone says you do. #freebruce #dontcallitashapiroback
I see you can't get any sleep, Brian
Double post! I'm awesome!
Delgado is just playing regular season baseball in Atlanta for tonight. Tomorrow the team calls up Jurrjens and he goes back to playing minor league baseball in Gwinett(well at least for a couple days)
GO BRAVES! Atlanta born and raised. Been loving the Braves since I was a tot and thought the national anthem was about our home team =)
is about the Braves. Or at least about Sid Bream.
Seriously. My northeastern baseball team clearly doesn't get enough attention! What is up with them front paging the Braves? Get a clue, ESPN! Looking at the bar of links on the right, I don't even see my team up there! There is something wrong with the worldwide leader tonight.
Edit: Shit I lied - The Sox are up there.
Is the fact that it was posted at 2:30 in the morning.
Thank you Brian for early reports from the media-watchdog niche you have effectively carved out for yourself and all those who call the Greater MGoWorld home. I too am enjoying the warm fuzzies in the dawn's early hours, watching movies with friends. Stay classy MGoBlog.
As of 3:44 AM EST 8-17-2011 ESPN is still in modo de beisbol. Hilarious.
If they're not shoving the Yankees or Red Sox or Jets or Patriots down our throats, gee(not that guy Gee), I wouldn't know what to do with myself.
In their defense, they did have plenty on it on "College Football Live". But still, it makes me wonder what their angle is all the time. They are mentioning the Lions a lot more, so there is that as Brian likes to say.
Oh yeah, Go Blue!!!
The only reason I can think of why it's not their top story is because they didn't break it, they must really have something against Yahoo when every other sports website is all over this. Welcome to the ESPN sucks hard club Brian.
Complain about the ultimate penalties (so far) for Ohio State, but ESPN gave ample coverage to the BTN associated Buckeye scandal.
ESPN is not capable anymore of objectively reporting on those properties in which they have large monetary stakes. And their stake in college football is larger - and most importantly more sensitive to negative coverage - than any other sport they cover.
Jonathan Givony had a tweet basically saying that either Yahoo has a lot more resources than ESPN and is doing a hell of good job breaking news or there is some other reason they are leaving these stories alone.
When you own tv, internet, blogs, radio stations, and essentially entire college programs it's hard to believe you would be objective nonetheless go out of your way to damage one of your own properties.
This ^^^ You nailed it SDW.
Their website still has the same front page at 5:00AM and their first six stories on Sports Center are all baseball. It took 10 minutes of baseball highlights before getting to the biggest story day, week, month etc...
"The U" is story number seven. Could they be any worse?
If Miami isn't their lead story at 5, that's shameful. They're distorting the news to hawk one of their own flagship newsmagazine programs. It's corporate muscle-flexing.
YANKEES! RED SOX! YANKEES! RED SOX!
SVP actually read the U story on Sportscenter? It was like he was reading a script in Soviet Russia on Pravda TV that if he said anything hat wasn't on the teleprompter he was going to be shot, sent to Siberia (i.e. ESPNNews), or mauled by a rapid ferret. Or all three.
How fast is that ferret anyway?
Definitely has something to do with ESPN's relationship with its partners, even if it is not "intentionally" missing stories. When it comes to sports they are not as connected to (like hockey), the stories seem to break all the time. But when it comes to a big-name program in what is probably their flagship show (CFB), they have been slow to respond. Heck, even when UM was nicked for those dumb stretching exercises, they seemed a little slow to report. But fully expect once the story has a day, ESPN will lay into them with all the hypocritical gusto and ratings-grabbing dribble all of their half-brained "analysts" can muster.
which would explain why the buckeyes case is getting more attention than what happen at UNC... a bit of a payback for that national championship
or it's because nobody cares about UNC football.
It's 6:30am the lead at ESPN has not changed.
Kudos to Yahoo for breaking the Miami scandal, but I don't see what difference it makes for ESPN to delay their coverage a little. They didn't break the OSU story either, but they covered it well with OTL reports and have kept the story going. Indeed, the main complaint from OSU fans is that ESPN won't let go of their story. If thet do the same with Miami I'll be pleased. Does anyone remember or care how quickly ESPN reacted to the initial Tat 5 news or to Dohrmann's story?
For you conspiratorial types a quick question, who broadcasts most of the B1G games?
There is no conspiracy. It's just a big oversight from whoever is in charge of putting up the front page story.
It's cute if you actually think that.
You are right. It is a big conspiracy by espn. They had a hidden agenda to make the braves 11 inning game the top story. Even though now it is on the front page. It all fell perfectly into place for them.
It's not really a conspiracy in the slightest. They just place less emphasis on stories when they don't break them. Ohio is different in that Joe Schad claimed to be reporting things, so they ran with it (despite those tidbits already being reported elsewhere).
They're just waiting for Joe Schad to wake up so at noon so he can take credit for the story. Patience.
They're glazing over it now, not as much as the cooler poopers but it's early. Does this mean we get to hear OSU fans bitch about injustice all day?
The "U" just needs to the OSU defense and deny...."You can't trust Ed Rife/Nevin Shapiro...they're criminals." Or "Ted Sarniak/Nevin Shapiro are not boosters their mentors."
There's certainly ample material for OSU conspiracy theorists when the top 3 headlines on the right side are Miami, something about Tressel and something about Pryor.
It isn't even their top story within the NCAAF section of the site!
lets just hope when nbs rebrands versus to a legit sports network, they get some yahoo partnership since yahoo has all the real reporters and objectivity...
Atlanta Braves: so hot right now.
But are they NEXT?
This is just getting ridiculous - it is 8:30 am and the ESPN splash screen remains the same. I've read the entire article and I'm amazed this hasn't popped up on ESPN yet.
Sure hope LSUFreek didn't have other plans last night.
The pressure is on for him to produce something epic.
If there's two men I trust in this situation, it's Orson and Freek.
But what about the Braves?!
9:20 am, and it's still Braves. But the headlines on the side says "No Miami suspensions yet". Uhm, yeah.
but the braves were the "highlight of the night"!
Ok man, we get it. You dislike ESPN and think there's a massive KONSPIRACY.
They did lead with it last night on their 11PM EST Sportscenter and Scott Van Pelt did actually have a conversation with Charles Robinson for a good 5+ minutes on the scandal. However, they are not obligated to devote every second of airtime to the scandal, because I assume there are many Red Sox fans who don't care about college football and just wanted to see Ellsbury hit some home runs.
Do I think they are downplaying this? Yes. However I'm sure they will recap it during every Sportscenter and probably talk about it on every single show they do today, whether SC, PTI, etc. So give it a rest, unless you want to be known for both being in Bolivian and ESPN's Section 1.
Have you read up on any of the articles surrounding the allegations? Not only is ESPN downplaying this coverage by not having it be a main headline, but the article ESPN draws up is nothing vs what Yahoo! and other sports sites are listing. This guy is throwing Miami under the bus, for what looks to be the biggest case in NCAA history! Censorship at its best!
If a 2011 football game were scheduled in Miami pitting Buckeyes against Hurricanes,and no football players were eligible; would there be a game if no one were around to witness it?
As if you couldn't have already guessed, 11W is having some fun with this. Pot meet kettle.
Apparently I can't turn my back on the college football world for a few hours without something happening.
Mike and Mike were all over this during their morning radio show. They even had a good segment interviewing Emmert. Greenie continues to be clueless about college football.
Still not one of the top five stories on the front page, and Eli Manning is two of them. So shitty at sports you are espn.
As of 12:43 pm, Wednesday, the front page story on the NCAA FOOTBALL site is "Notre Dame is Back" and the two Miami links read: "No Miami Suspensions Yet" and "Gifts to Players?".
In the second article, they have a poll asking "How Big a Deal" the story is...2/3 of their readers have voted "Very Big Deal." 11% say "not a big deal." I guess ESPN is with the 11%?
Just because Randall Delgado is only the 3rd best pitching prospect in the Braves organization doesn't mean he doesn't deserve top spot on ESPN. I guess they could have done a split screen with Delgado and Arodys Vizcaino, who ended up getting the win.
How many Miami players are top 50 prospects in minor league baseball? None! duh!
COuld this be because as some has mentioned that ESPN is not that fond of Yahoo sports doing a more through job of investigating than themselves?