There have been times in the past where I’ve called out ESPN for the stupid things they do, like showing a bit too much poker and putting the Westminster Dog Show as one of their top stories on ESPN.com. At one point way back when I also called them out for having too many links to ESPN INsider stories, but not actually saying so as part of the link. However, with all that said, I have to give them credit where credit is due. They will be showing each and every game of the World Cup live on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC. Impressive how they can do this with the World Cup in South Africa, a mere 9 hours ahead of PDT, yet somehow NBC couldn’t figure out how to show the Olympics live on the west coast with all their networks… and the Olympics were ON the west coast. Yeah, I know, I’m a bitter man. I can’t possible give credit to ESPN with without taking someone else down, it’s just how it works. :-)
About a year and a half ago I wrote a post about ESPN and their attempt to be the sports version of MTV (here). That is, base their channel on sports and then switch to producing TV shows based on sports. Case in point, last year they produced a mini-series called “The Bronx is Burning.” Actually, the show wasn’t half bad, it just should have been on a different channel. This isn’t exactly the reason for this post. Actually, it’s a bit off topic.
What did strike me today was a bit of information on si.com. Check out the Top Stories from SI.com today. Beagle among favorites at 132nd Westminster?! You’ve got to be kidding me! The dog show is one of the top stories in sports today! I know the period between the Super Bowl and the start of Spring Training is slow, but really, that’s just sad. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs. If I had a backyard and wasn’t so lazy, I’d probably get a dog of my own. I don’t even mind the show being on TV, as long as it stays with a non-sports channel like USA. But Sports Illustrated, you can do better than that. Don’t worry though, you’re not even close to becoming the next ESPN or MTV.