Thanks, ESPN

Reens's picture
August 18, 2011 at 8:28p

For the longest time ESPN had many people (including myself) believing that they were the premier place for sports news, updates and scandals. They had some witty announcers/analysts with catch phrases and seemed to be a great media source that provided everything you needed about sports in a relatively unbiased approach. I honestly would turn on the TV and immediately flip to ESPN to see what I've missed and watch the same segments over and over.

About 5yrs ago, after Ohio State demolished Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, I noticed the tide slowly starting to turn. It may have happened before this and I just hadn't noticed, but they seemed to make excuses for Notre Dame and leave out any praises for what the team had done. It bothered me a bit and I started to notice other pieces of it in their "journalism" and slowly started disliking what they produced. That dislike turned into extreme hatred after OSU was embarrassed by Florida and were made to appear as if they never belonged on the field after they were the ones to tout the lopsided matchup. I really didn't think I could hate Pat Forde anymore than I did reading that article until I read the one after the LSU game. I understand that most of the nation hates OSU and I even understand why, but for a writer to publish articles like that is just asinine. It was like a drunken teenager wrote it. Now, I try not to click on any ESPN links and avoid watching anything they televise outside of actual games. And despite the fact that I despise them so much it's not even healthy, I admit that I'm drawn to them sometimes out of curiosity and just to get me fired up.

Now, like all of you, we're watching them absolutely torch the program with never-ending speculation and "reporting" about Tat-gate. All of the sudden selling memorabilia and getting tats for autographs is just short of genocide. Yes, it was wrong and yes it happens at every school but just like they made Tiger Woods appear to be the only man ever to cheat on his wife, they blew this up into something it wasn't. Along with that, they couldn't wait to write pieces on how much evil Tressel has hidden from the rest of the world and that he's in the same class as the uni-bomber. It's unreal. Not only did this spew this nonsense, they actually got some brainless followers to believe and regurgitate it with consistency. Then, in the midst of what we all saw coming in college football, reports come out about Colt McCoy's wife sharing the shadiness at Texas and it's somehow a flash in the news and swept under the rug. Forget the investigation, where was this article even speculating about it?!

To top it off, this Hurricanes situation; It is absolutely baffling to me how Miami has been given the benefit of the doubt on all of this considering the amount of evidence and detail surrounding it. Somehow this entire documented circus is littered with "allegedly" and "potential" and "yet to be proven" while the OSU scandal was a sure thing from the start with no possible outs. They reported EVERY rumor as fact and had it at the top of their page or bottom line even after it had been disproven. While this Miami stuff has been swirling, you literally had to dig to find it, but sure enough Pryor's eligibility because of other violations was front and center. 

So thanks, ESPN -  you've shown the rest of the world that has half a brain just what a joke you are for a sports source and are hemorrhaging credibility with every article or show you create. You're TMZ that happens to talk about sports sometimes; you create and dispel the same rumors to generate ratings but people are getting wise to your ways. Suspending Bruce Feldman and sending the sports world into an uproar was the best thing you could have done to show your true colors and following that up with the Longhorn's network was a great cherry on top. You're an absolute joke of a network and people outside of Buckeye Nation are now realizing this quickly. You may be a monster in the sports world but I cannot wait for the day the wind shifts and networks expose you for what you really are.

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TLB's picture

+whatever my portion of the national debt is

741's picture

That would be about $45,000 - Visa/Mastercard/Amex are accepted.

Maestro's picture

I for one am pretty tired of the whining about ESPN.  It's become ridiculously cliche for OSU fans and it does nothing but make us all sound like a bunch of kids who didn't get picked on the playground.  Don't f*cking watch them.  Simple as that.

The Miami story broke 3 days ago.  How could it possibly be comparable to the Ohio State situation that dates back to some 9 months?

I certainly have no love for ESPN.  I literally only watch live games on the channel and that is it.  No interest in any of their "shows".  Move on people.  You are wasting your time.  All you can control is what you consume.  Don't consume ESPN and focus on something positive like the fact that the football season is on the horizon and we have a very exciting year of Buckeye football ahead of us.

vacuuming sucks

Reens's picture

I don't watch espn outside of games either but there's no way you can deny how their reports bleed into everything about sports. You don't have to agree with the rant but there's no way you can dispute that fact. Look at draft picks. They rise and fall based on nothing but pure speculation when games haven't been played for months. Literally. Bottom line is they have a huge influence in sports and hate our teams (Cleveland included).

gravey's picture

I too think it does matter how we're treated by ESPN.  They are the bully pulpit of American Sports and without a playoff, they are able to shape opinion about Ohio State in the polls and the draft and on the recruiting trail.  

Bucks's picture

Hmm, Reens, you put significant time into this post. I will not be the type of person to come in and just berate you.




To play devil's advocate, just from scanning comments on this site & others I look at ... Miami has been getting plenty of run time on their network shows. I agree though, for the people who go to that site religiously (something like 330,000,000 hits a month?), the coverage is absolutely slanted.

ESPN is a funny one for me. Cover things in a terribly slanted manner, with commentators who have no right to that title ... don't stop no matter what the cost. Oh but if one relatively small error is noticed (vacation records on par), capitulate & change it.

They have the power of their network & parent company so they certainly won't be doing much different anytime soon. With that said, it seems to me that some sporting outlets have been steadily gaining on them. The figure above was from a few years ago I believe & I'd be interested to know what the comparison is to now.


For all these people who claim that speaking out against being wronged is somehow whining. If ESPN wants to represent themselves as a leader, they damn well better live up to scrutiny ... something they are not. Also, quit claiming that voicing your displeasure does nothing. In this day & age a simple #FreeBruce can have quite the impact.

Reens's picture

Ha, well I appreciate the input and do agree. You claim the pedestal you're on, you deal with what follows. I'm not trashing SportsbyBrooks even though I view him the same in terms of content because he's not at that level. And I hope he never is.

I really didn't spend more than 15 minutes on this. Just pent up frustration that flew off my fingertips...right or wrong. Call it venting.

Pam's picture

Bruce Hooley was dismissed due to folks (like me) voicing their displeasure to his bosses.  "Friday Night Lights" was saved by fans voicing their displeasure at it being cancelled. It is as important to let ESPN know why you have stopped watching them as it is not watching.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater's picture

Reens, nice rant.   

I admit being very late to the "Question ESPN" party, but man the more I step back and think about agenda's, etc, ther bias is really pretty shocking.   

And I definitely agree that the tide is turning, many people other than us "OSU whiners" are starting to figure out ESPN's antics.   I like many, only watch ESPN for live games and that's about it.   And now I spend a lot more time on other sites like, Fox, etc, that used to be spent on 




btalbert25's picture

I totally disagree that Miami has gotten a pass.  Even Mark May said if 1/3 of the allegations are true, the death penalty could be in play.  It's being called by ESPN personalities, possibly the biggest scandal in NCAA history.  They are getting  plenty of press and they should.

I do think Ohio State's coverage was slanted by their network, but I don't believe that they were trying to bomb the program.  I also don't believe for a minute that they affect how teams are ranked in polls.  Coaches vote teams they are familiar with higher than others.  If Nick Saban has a vote, your darn right he's voting a 1 loss SEC team over a 1 loss Ohio State team.  I think the combine and Wunderlic scores affect the NFL draft much more than ESPN speculation. 

Things I do think they impact are general public opinion, at least somewhat.  SEC fans have always thought they were bigger,faster, and stronger than anyone else.  15 years ago a Tennessee fan was telling me the reason they beat Ohio State in the bowl is because Northern teams don't have the speed that SEC teams do.  This was well before ESPN had the clout it does now and well before they were supposedly out to destroy Ohio State.  Essentially, the people who repeat most of the SEC propaganda are SEC fans who have always felt that way anyway. 

Stuff from ESPN that does bother me is how they put certain importance on a select few teams, leagues, or rivalries.  The other day they did their top 10 rivalries and Ohio State Michigan was number 8.  They had Duke/Carolina number 2 and Red Sox Yankees number 1.  I think Number 3 was Army Navy.  Honestly Ohio State Michigan and Auburn Alabama are both top 3 rivalries.  They had soccer rivalries on there, and I know it's poliitcally correct and all, but Army Navy shouldn't be top 3, no way sorry.  Those are the kinds of things that get under my skin about ESPN.  The fact that they think the only place good baseball is played is the AL-East, SEC is the best by far, and Big East and ACC are the only conferences that can play basketball.

FUqUespin's picture

FUqUespin - There is not one - not one entry at all today about the Miami situation... nothing about the "countdown" to eligibility made internally by the "U" this Friday... I hate that fu@#$ing network...

doodah_man's picture

Here is a way for at least some payback. A DVR will return about 3/4s of your life watching any sporting event (as I found with NASCAR coverage).

Better than just the time shifting aspect, think of this…look at the number of games currently scheduled to be shown by ABC/ESPN (four scheduled). I suspect that there will be more (tOSU v. tSUM at least). What would be a better payback for the last 6 months than to avoid ALL of ABC/ESPN commercials and sponsors?

Also, for your own sanity, fast forward to when you actually see players positioned for the kickoff. This will allow you to avoid the blah, blah, blah, Tressel, blah, blah, blah, Tatgate, blah, blah, blah, NCAA sanctions, blah, blah, blah, integrity of the game. You know you are going to get that, every freakin game.

Finally, as I found with Fox's coverage of NASCAR, you can fast forward through allot of the stupid...I find that the announcers who cover the first half of the NASCAR season are idiots, who treat their audience like...well idiots. As soon as I hear one of them talking, its fast forward, or mute. 

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

Buckeyefanaic's picture

Agred - I don't rant about it but I've simply declassified myself as a fan.

Just recently I ordered two shirts from the 11W store and the ESPiN shirt was one of them.  The other?  FICKELLBALL.

IMHO, as much as we get the shaft from ESPiN and SI, I feel like we get the good end of the stick from the NCAA and some other sources.  Does anyone else feel like that? 

GO BUCKS, fuck ESPiN and SI for that matter.