ESPN: World Wide Leader of Baloney

ESPN. The worldwide leader in sports….or is it something else, something dishonest, something false, something almost as fake as an E! television show.

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Although I do enjoy watching my Top 10 from time to time…and those damn 30 for 30s are just too good to pass up, lately ESPN’s news coverage has been a bit unbearable….in fact downright shameful.

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It all started last fall with Les Miles and his “pending termination” from LSU.

For a good two weeks ESPN wouldn’t shut up about LSU firing Les Miles, interviewing anyone they could find on campus to ask them their thoughts on the matter.  Yes, of course, one of the best college football coaches in the land who has taken his team to 11 bowl games with a 7-4 record, a coach that weaseled his way into convincing the NCAA to share a BCS Championship with USC, a coach who has an overall winning record with 112 wins and 32 loses is going to get canned. Makes sense to me.

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Hell the guy is environmental for god sakes, he actually drinks grass. Why would LSU get rid of this guy?

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It was so over-publicized that for his last home game in Baton Rouge, his team literally carried him off the field (RUDY, RUDY), because ESPN successfully convinced them that this was the last time they would be playing for Les Miles.

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ESPN fasho was front row and center for the post-game press conference for “The Announcement.”  Sorry Lebron, not this time.

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And you think it couldn’t get any worse?  Introducing Super Bowl 50, Cam Newton vs. White America.  I’m sure no one can exactly pin point who began this idiotic discussion, but I would definitely bet that ESPN had something to do with it.  And why wouldn’t they? Race is a hot enough topic that always ignites rapid fire op-eds and discussions in the news and beyond.  Some would say that’s just good journalism…..puke in my mouth.

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“The Plight of the Black Quarterback,” they are calling it.  Cam Newton is making headlines not because he has led his team to their second Super Bowl or the fact that he is highly favored to win this year’s MVP, but because of his celebratory antics and “fun” behavior on the field.

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Unfortunately, the rules that apply to other star quarterbacks in the NFL don’t seem to apply to Newton. And according to ESPN reports,  he apparently knows exactly why.

“I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people,” Newton said frankly just days after winning the NFC Championship game. “[B]ecause they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to.”

Paging Russel Wilson……an African American Quarterback who actually has a Super Bowl ring honey, hold up.

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Perhaps Cam Newton is the one who brought up the issue, but ESPN is having a fucking FIELD DAY, covering the story like white on rice….sorry bad choice of words there.

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There is not much talk about Peyton Manning, no real talks about the point spread, only talks about Cam Newton and his race.

Linking his antics to his race is somewhat of a cowardly blow (YEAH CAM).  However, it is not ‘pathetic cowardice’ that ESPN is worried about it.  No, they need to hold the attention of their viewers at all costs, even if it means hosting an on-site poll asking fans to vote what they think of the issue.

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Newton’s “race” really isn’t the issue to begin with.  The only reason it is an issue is because ESPN is making it “THE ISSUE.” The true issue, which the ESPN poll participants have so sensibly concluded, is his behavior. Nothing about his childish behavior is linked to the color of his skin. Nothing about his college antics of cheating on a number of final exams, stealing expensive electronics from students’ dorm rooms, getting arrested in 2008 with charges of grand theft, burglary, and obstructing justice.  And who can forget his father, Cecil Newton, seeking $120,000 to $180,000 for his son to sign with the Bulldogs out of junior college.

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His past and present actions speak louder than race.  In fact, they SCREAM.

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By the way, someone should snatch that Heisman back…..

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Bringing up race is never a good idea, unless you are running a news station I guess. I understand why ESPN is fixating on the issue, but I feel that sports is the one place where ACTIONS should speak louder than one’s words or appearance. Only performance on (and off) the field should be judged. ESPN should know better.

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I can’t speak for everyone, but I don’t think we are judging Cam Newton by his race.  We are judging him strictly on his actions, both past and present.  Yes, he loves to have fun on the field and wants everybody to recognize it.  Fine, cool, go for it buddy.  Just make the cheerleaders look bad why don’t you.

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But why ESPN…WHY must you focus on his race? This merely makes the rest of us look bad because by watching your programming (which is prtety inevitable if you are a sports fan), we are unconscionably placing this topic of concern in our own minds, putting the discussion in the forefront, ultimately undermining what we have worked so hard to achieve as a society, where race shouldn’t the ultimate judgement.  It’s in the Constitution y’all!

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Now I am truly scared to see what type of questions ESPN reporters will ask Newton after the Super Bowl, win or lose.  “So Cam, do you feel any BLACK-ER winning/losing the Super Bowl….?”

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Adios BCS :)

After an eventful season, College Football is coming to an end.  But the season isn’t the only thing coming to an end.  The wrath of the BCS is finally ending! This is going to be the last time for a lot of things BCS…..Is it possible to even list all the things we will NOT miss about the BCS?

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Well, I can certainly try. And these are my top 6 reasons why I will NOT be missing the BCS.

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6. Do we really need an Abbreviation?

Don’t you just feel stupid when someone asks you what BCS stands for?  I know College football is all about the abbreviations with the names of the Universities and even some players (thanks RGIII).  I get it, we are lazy and need to keep our conversations short and sweet but for some reason I really hate what the BCS stands for – “Bowl Championship Series.”

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So that mean there is a series of championships.  Doesn’t the word championship imply one, one final game where there is only ONE winner.  The final game between the top two college football teams is called “The BCS National Championship.”  First of all, the word champion is used twice in that phrase, making it a redundant phrase that feels like a tongue twister, but really isn’t.  It’s just stupid.

5. Calling All Statisticians…..or Computers…

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Every week when the BCS standings are released Sunday evening, you get a chance to see a number next to each team, a number reflecting the combination of polls and computer selection methods to determine relative team rankings.  Thank you Bill Gates. And who ever really liked Statistics?!  Sports shouldn’t make you think this much.

You WOULD think math always works, but when it comes to the BCS, it’s crap. For some reason, the numbers just don’t add up.  When one team loses and another wins, you assume the winning team moves up in the BCS standings as the losing team falls.  That would be a big fat NO.  The

4. Notre Dame

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This team is always ranked regardless of EVERYTHING.  Doesn’t matter if they have a losing season, it doesn’t matter if their star player lied to the media and it doesn’t matter if everyone else is winning around them, the BCS always finds a way to rank the Fighting Irish.

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Without their precious BCS, what is Notre Dame going to do now?! To be ranked based on actual merit and talent rather than a heavily skewed reputation is going to rock their College Football world.  I don’t know if they will be able to put up a Fight.  This is going to be so sweet 🙂

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3. Non-BCS Bowl Games

Why the hell would we watch NON-BCS Bowl games?  Having losing teams compete in a “Bowl Champion Series” really wouldn’t be champion-like would it now?  Yes, if your team is playing in one of these Non-BCS Bowl Games, of course you are going to watch, but you are forced to come to the realization that your team is a bunch of losers and didn’t make it to the real “Bowl Championship Series.” It’s like the BCS is giving you the finger.  How mean 😦

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2. Bowl Game Names

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These absurd bowl game names have just lowered our intelligence over time.  Here is a list of the latest bowl games:

* Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl

* S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

*National University Holiday Bowl

*Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

*Heart of Dallas Bowl

Kill me…..

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1. Unfair Rankings

This is the #1 reason why everybody is happy to see the BCS go.  The BCS rankings just never ever seemed fair, leaving teams who had undefeated seasons unfairly treated and overlooked. Yes, there are over 30 teams to watch and consider when discussing college football rankings, which is why the BCS was initially created.  But for the past 15 years, the BCS has just been pissing people off.

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Where in the world is it ok for Les Miles to bitch his way into sharing the National Championship with USC in 2007 based on similar BCS rankings?  A freaking horrible world.

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Although the BCS is being replaced by a possible biased Playoff Committee, it is still good to see it go. Having Playoffs might bring more justice and truth to College Football.  Right Condi?

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Adios BCS and good riddance 😀

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