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Posted: July 17, 2007, 8:01 AM Post
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Brian's putting it lightly! These are only some of those I could find...

"Arizona will use De La Rosa, who's ready right now, in their rotation to replace Schilling!!...........Roberto Alomar to sign with St. Louis to replace Vina..........A-Rod's complicated trade to the Red Sox will be finalized this weekend............Jorge Posada for Tim Hudson........The Yankees are looking at sending unhappy Javier Vazquez to Florida for AJ Burnett.......The A's will give up Joe Blanton for Paul Lo Duca.......Bill Mueller to wind up with the Twins....Greg Maddux will likely sign with the Cardinals.......Andy Marte will thrive in Cleveland, a superstar, waiting to happen.......Gammons on ESPN.com: "Big Unit to LA Makes Sense"..........The A's are in the lead on signing David Wells......Boston will trade Alex Cora for Kaz Matsui............and the perennial favorite: Manny Ramirez will be traded this weekend! No, really, this time!"

Meh.

"So if this fruit's a Brewer's fan, his ass gotta be from Wisconsin...(or Chicago)."


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Posted: July 17, 2007, 8:16 AM Post
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They're based on a made-up formula which is supposed to incorporate the athlete's success on the playing field, along with, get this, her/his off-court "appeal factors!"


The problem with this entire idea is that ESPN then essentially controls what makes them "appealing". That disgusts me. How does Kobe Bryant even make this list? I can't say I really found his alleged rape and court case all that appealing. And as much as I loved watching MJ play, what exactly did he do off the court that "should" increase his appeal? He sold stuff, and made a lot of money doing it. What about the great athletes that are giving back to their communities? What about players that are fighting for social justice? The important thing now is the fashion designs from whatever Williams sister does that crap.

ESPN has taken sports and gone Hollywood, and unfortunately it often feels like America is going along with it because they think ESPN is the only thing out there.

If I had Braun's pee in my fridge I'd tell everybody.
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Posted: July 17, 2007, 8:45 AM Post
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Nice venom there, Jazzy. Keep posting here!

The reason Kobe makes their list, is because he's got playa cred. He was doing some very NC-17 things with a girl who was age 17?, and how did he play it? By dropping $4 million in bling on his woman in exchange for her silence. He was able to get away with it!

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5861379/

Michael Jordan? Juanita eventually divorced him, but not until she got their estate here in Highland Park. Court testimony

www.state.il.us/court/OPI...032152.htm

shows that Karla Knafel indeed had an intimate relationship with MJ, and he paid his way out of that mess, too.

Tom Brady's new girlfriend's birthday is on the same day his baby with another woman, is due, and ESPN laughs.

These guys sell attitude, image....and apparel and other merchandising to the coveted 18-34 male demographic. And if you can score high Q ratings with that group, up goes your ESPN Who's Now? rankings.

I'll bet you that if you took a gander at the weekly covers of ESPN The Magazine, at least half feature a scowling athlete, in a menacing pose (usually with arms judgmentally folded) often framed by darkened "ominous" lighting, looking down at you (multiple tattoos optional, but encouraged!). The tough-guy image is what they're peddling.

And if an athlete is a New York player, all the better.

This latest effort by ESPN to fill airtime with old highlights of players they want us to watch is just another way to push their various agendas.

Want to bet that no hockey player makes it past Round 1 of Who's Now? And my money says they'll have a final 4 which features some combination of Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Terrell Owens, Kobe Bryant, Roger Clemens and/or Barry Bonds.

"So if this fruit's a Brewer's fan, his ass gotta be from Wisconsin...(or Chicago)."


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Posted: July 17, 2007, 10:59 AM Post
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On a similar note, the other day I'm driving home at 3AM on Sunday morning from a friend's house and had the displeasure of listening to Tim Montemayor on Sporting News radio who proclaimed the the Brewers were "done." That, "We saw this happening to Sheets." "Capuano is done." "Rickie Weeks sucks." and that "Suppan was horrible and will be awful next start."

I'd suggest not listening to the moron who didn't back up his claims that the Cubs were the second coming.


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Posted: July 17, 2007, 2:42 PM Post
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Not to rain on the parade of ESPN hate, which I would love to be lead down Wisconsin Avenue, but you really can't rag on them about hockey and NASCAR. NASCAR is huger than the mainstream team sports peoplefans ever want to acknowledge. ESPN had to get involved in that bonanza

As for hockey: one of the Stanley Cup games on NBC lost in the ratings head-to-head against 'Build a Better Burger' on the Food Network. The NHL cut its own throat long before ESPN dumped them.

As for the "jocks", I always liked HR more than any of them on BBTN.

As for the Cub love, anyone who compares teh brief fling that ESPN had with the Crew as they embarked on teh NY/Philly road trip with the constant 24/7 attention the Cubs have gotten on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNews all season, even as they were losing, needs to reexamine their thinking. It's pretty plain that ESPN would love nothing better than for the CUbs to be teh new Red Sox.

Most national "journalists" are hypocrites. They say "I don't root for teams, I root for a good story" but that's pretty much false. They root for the easy story that appeals to the biggest audience. The Brewers are a good story, but they simply wouldn't be as big (in terms of audience) or easy a story as the Cubs finally winning.


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Posted: July 18, 2007, 1:11 AM Post
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"As for hockey: one of the Stanley Cup games on NBC lost in the ratings head-to-head against 'Build a Better Burger' on the Food Network. The NHL cut its own throat long before ESPN dumped them.'

Of course, pe, but as I wrote up the thread, it's a self-fulfilling prophecy with ESPN vs. the NHL.

If the controller of all things sport in the US were to devote more than just a cursory 10 minutes a week, Thursday nights at 9 PM with Barry Melrose, that would help right there. If their talk shows (radio, TV, web) were to ever bring in NHL stars and let America get to know them better = better TV ratings, the sport would stand a chance. And especially if they'd stop trying to marginalize the sport out of existence, by mocking it, hockey could have at least had a chance to rebound.

But the game broadcasts are NOT licensed to ESPN, so the network does nothing to give them the light of day.

"So if this fruit's a Brewer's fan, his ass gotta be from Wisconsin...(or Chicago)."


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