ESPN jumped the shark a few years ago, and now they're taking everyone else down with them. That Slate column reads like a page out of my super secret diary--minus the scandalous pictures of Scarlett Johansson. The argument is basically that the adoption of newspaper columnists and the Stephen A. Smithification of them by network retards has ruined not only ESPN but sports columns across the country.
Amen. Good god, amen. It's not particularly relevant to Detroit because the only local sportswriter with the ability to write a column that will make readers less likely to slit their wrists is Wojo. Everyone else is trash, although should Rosenberg end up with a column it will be good. (I do agree with the DSR on Albom--dude should be credited with making Jessica Simpson money with Ashlee Simpson talent, but a sportswriter he is no longer. (Write or do not! There is no try! Mmm.))
Uh. I got sidetracked. Anyway, it is a complete mystery to me why sports commentary is so flat awful. Does this sh... stuff get ratings? I know that I haven't watched a single minute of any pre- or post-game analysis or even Sportscenter in a very long time, College Gameday excepted. And why do I watch College Gameday? Fowler and Herbstreit are not jive-talking fools like Stephen A Smith. Corso is comic relief, and even he's more of a student of the game than ESPN's NBA hood rat. Don't even get me started on Michael "If I yell THIS LOUD maybe you'll forget about the crack and hookers" Irvin or ABC's Aaron "I can't open the left side of my mouth" Taylor. Morons. All of them.
Whoah. That's a lot of angry for one post. I'll cool down and come back with something about puppies.