In the past few weeks I've been watching ESPN in the morning to watch baseball highlights and to get my daily fix of the "popular" sports news. In these few weeks, I think I've been slowly hating ESPN more and more. Here's 5 reasons why I hate ESPN:
<h3 align="center">Stephen A. Smith</h3>
Where to start on this guy. First off, this guy makes himself sound like he is the only one in the world allowed to have opinions. He is loud, obnoxious, and tries to use "big words" when possible. He also tends to speak very fast and gramatically incorrect to a point where he sounds unintelligent. Analysts like Smith make ESPN look bad, and sound unintelligent.
<h3 align="center">Around the Horn</h3>
They should rename this show to: "Who can argue louder?" This show was not a bad idea at the start; get 4 reporters from 4 different newspapers around the country and get their opinions. However, when you make it a competition, its all arbitrary. So now you have to not only argue loudest, but have to agree with the host of the show. It's too arbitrary to watch for opinions, because it seems that the only opinion that matters is the host's. Then you also have a lot of irrational opinions on that show. Not to mention any time hockey comes up, they either avoid it, or someone says "who cares about hockey".
<h3 align="center">The People who watch ESPN and take every word as true</h3>
My brother is a prime example of this. I love my brother, however he will defend anything he sees on ESPN as the truth. So a couple of weeks ago when they ran this "Who's now?" tournament, I told him how that its scored on a terrible system, and that I thought that it was very slanted towards football and basketball. He was telling me how they were experts, and get paid to do this, and I should shut my mouth and listen to their opinions. Granted my brother is 15 years old, but this isn't uncommon though. ESPN is like any other news source, they have their biases and people need to recognize that, because not everything is true, some of it is only opinion. I find that ESPN tries to sell the bigger stars, or self-promote enough that it overlaps with some of their reporting. Some people think Fox News or CNN is the same way, when there is evidence for both to have biases. Hockey fans can probably agree with me when I say, ESPN's use of the NHL as a punch line, has led the network to have an anti-hockey point of view. It might be just me, but ESPN only reports hockey, when something negative happens, and then deems the sport barbaric. Well, I don't know about you, but theres a sport call football that's just as barbaric if not more. It's a game, that consists of "killing the quarterback", in the words of Don Cherry.
<h3 align="center">Pardon the Interruption</h3>
Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser may be two analysts' opinions are very closed minded. First off, similar to Stephen A. Smith, both Wilbon and Kornheiser need to stop using the term "your boy" or "my boy", because I think they are all oblivious to the historical meaning of that term. Anything, but hockey or soccer is welcome discussion. Most of the topics of football and basketball also deal with irrelevant topics to the sport at times.
<h3 align="center">Hockey on ESPN?</h3>
As a hockey fan, ESPN has caused enough emotional harm, that I don't know that I would want to give them a second chance. If they consistently tell their audience that hockey should just be laughed at, then if ESPN picks up the NHL it will become a sideshow, that will still get limited coverage. It may be an improvement over what is there now. Other than Barry Melrose, and maybe the occasional other anchor, it seems that no one can say anything intelligent about the sport. However, if it did come back to ESPN, that would mean more hockey on American TV. That would be a step in the right direction, however, in order for it to be better recieved, it needs to be better promoted by ESPN, which can be done. If ESPN does pick up the NHL, we hockey fans need to make it known to ESPN that we hockey fans, deserve time in devoted to hockey in Sportscenter, and in general.