Another embarrassment for ESPN

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Another embarrassment for ESPN

Can't say what number last evening's "SportsNation" was in a series of mis-fires for "The Worldwide Leader In Sports," but it was downright painful to watch as the final two minutes of the telecast reveals.

(I just stumbled on it while seeking the Red Wings-Kings telecast, so all I saw was the very end.)

Revealing the results of an on-line viewers poll for who should be on the package cover for the 25th anniversary edition of Madden NFL for Xbox 360 and PS3 video game consoles, it demonstrated conclusively that ESPN should stick to what it does best: reporting sports scores, tele­vising actual sporting contests, and creating fake sports controversies such as the weekday morning two-hour block of gasbags Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith shouting at one another while "moderator" Cari Champion sits between them, her legs demurely crossed at the ankles, and tries to look interested.

Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders, Charissa Thompson and Marcellus Wiley

(Note to co-host Charissa Thompson: that dress length doesn't work for you!)

This one was just awful, so badly conceived and poorly produced...

(Where O where was the musical fanfare which might have help build up to the "big moment?")

...that someone's head should roll1 for foisting this on the viewing public, and for making finalists Sanders and Peterson so uncomfortable while ESPN tried to get its act together.

Last evening's grotesquerie was right down there for sheer awfulness with LeBron James' hour-long "The Deci­sion" special three years ago, and I thought then that that was only exceeded in awfulness by the "Al Capone's Vault" lunacy inflicted on America by Geraldo Rivera2.

It also showed how much in the tank ESPN will go for advertising money, not just last night's non-event, but the entire bracket promotion leading up to the ho-hum "and our winnah is" moment.

Notes
  1. Heads have rolled for far less at ESPN Plaza; remember the Jeremy Lin "ethic slur?"
  2. Or, as we knew him in the old neighborhood, Jerry Rivers.

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