Does anything really deserve that much coverage? If it were an Olympic sport, records would be shattered.
But that's the way it's gotten with ESPN. Anyone recall Linsanity? The Peyton Manning recruiting tour? Tebow's takeover in Denver? The Brett Favre will-he-or-won't-he saga, Parts 1 and 2?
It's called oversaturation. I realize they're running a business and trying to sell as much commercial time as they can by appealing to what they think people want. Trying to touch a nerve - but who has any nerves left?
And if I see any more contrived "debates'' between Steven A. Smith and Skip Bayless, I might get an ulcer. It's like two dogs mindlessly barking at each other through a chain-link fence, only with more testosterone and flashing of teeth.
I can see programming directors rubbing their hands together with glee as they procure another "hot topic'' and order someone to wind up Skip and Steven A., then have them holler at each other.
To me, it's not anything like their last generation of "newspaper guys going at it'' - Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser. Most times, those two actually engaged in some engaging debates, but seem to have toned it down in recent years.
I've just about had it, really. It's getting to the point that I can't turn on one of the ESPN family of networks (actually we just get those two) unless there's an actual game going on. The artificial feel of a lot of the programming I find insulting (and "Around the Horn'' has prostituted sports journalism).
Sometimes, they still do it right. I do like the "30 for 30'' series and just about anything that Bob Ley has his hands on, but a lot of those shows are relegated to ESPN's backburner channels, for which you have to shell out more money.
I'm not naïve enough to think they'll ever cut back on their repertoire. Not in these days of technology overload and entertainment in a blink, where everyone gets in their opinion, good or bad, be it tweet or talk radio tirade.
I hate to sound like Dana Carvey's former Grumpy Old Man character on SNL, but something deep inside me pines for the good old days. Like when that Michigan State football game replay on Wednesday afternoon was all we had, and it was good enough. We liked it. We liked it fine.
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