Sportztyme! Anchors Away!
Can someone, ANYONE please get me an ESPN substitute?
Just some competition, so it's not the only source I have for most national sports information.
The problem with ESPN is the same problem towns with only one newspaper have. Lack of a choice for consumers leads to laziness and a sense of entitlement for the information providers. They know they are the only place you can get what you want, so it doesn't matter how they bring it to you.
Don't get me wrong, ESPN still does a lot of things better than anyone else ever thought of doing them. Baseball Tonight and, for the most part, SportsCenter are prime examples. But too many people in Bristol have become caricatures of themselves and have totally lost significance.
Chris Berman tops the list. I've met Berman, and used to be a huge fan of his. He's an incredibly nice guy in person, and I've never really heard too many bad things said about him, until now. Berman used to be hilarious with his infamous and inventive nicknames. Now, it's like he HAS to do that tired old schtick, because he thinks that's all anyone wants to see of him. His now overbearing style envelopes whatever he's trying to tell us, and I end up tuning him out.
Stuart Scott is another one I can do without. I know this is going to sound like a racial dig to some, but I don't need him reading off all the names of the kids in his extended family for a laugh. You've heard it, the "pookie, ray-ray, la-krieshia...etc" blah blah blah....it's not funny. "Boo-yah" was ok, but all the other references go over most viewer's heads. I know ESPN wants to relate to all audiences, but he's just coming off as ignorant and too damn ethnic!! What if Linda Cohn and Steve Levy started doing highlites in Yiddish??? What if John Anderson walked in with a Viking's horn and blew it for every home run? Enough already!!!
Folks, it's not stand up night at the Improv. One or two witty comments can be funny, if properly placed. If I want laughs, I'll watch Letterman or Insomniac. Just tell me how my fantasy baseball team is doing, and how the Yankees managed to find another way to lose.