Tuesday, November 27, 2007
As a lifelong DC/MD sports fan the only thing I can compare this to is the death of Len Bias, but this is different. The kid was 24...24 years old, and didn't die by his own hand. As tragic as Len Bias' death was he did take the cocaine on his own accord.
As far as ESPN's coverage on the subject I just wanted to tell you/them that it's a f'ing joke. Last night they barely broached the subject of the shooting on Countdown and during the game. God forbid you wing things and stray from your schedule and planned New England praising. They even had extra time to come up with something after lightning delayed the start of that pathetic game. They had Suzy Kolber report on the field about 20 times during a game that was tied at zero until 2 minutes left in the contest. I had to change the channel to local coverage to get updates.
Even this morning Sports Center talked about his passing for 60 seconds during a lead-in and are just rerunning the Sports Center, which of course is loaded with Monday Night Football highlights. And you wonder why I've blasted Sports Center in the past? Flip to ESPN News....Monday Night Football is the lead in. Flip to ESPN's First Take....yep, Monday Night Football. How about actual news programs not associated with Sports? Of course Sean Taylor's death is the main topic. On ABC’s "Good Morning America," CBS’ "Early Show" and NBC’s ‘Today’ all spent a good amount of time covering the story this morning.
I know you need to spend time promoting your own products and spin the angle of the field making it a hilarious/goofy night, but this is just appalling. Last night's Football game was the worst I had ever watched, but we get it ad nauseum. It makes no sense that a National News story isn't even being talked about. Maybe Ed Werder couldn't fly to Miami fast enough? This could be the reason the "Leader" only has a small tag along the ESPN News crawl which reads...."Redskins Sean Taylor dies after shooting." Wow, thanks for all the info.
Maybe I'm just coping with my favorite player on my favorite team's death, but this just makes me that much more upset at the Disnergy that's been flooding our television as of late. Maybe they can put something together by 6pm? Or will you still be talking about the Packers-Cowboys game still???
Update: I wanted to change my stance of First Take. The program is actually doing a good job of getting each guest's thoughts on the passing. Great job by them as a live show to give some perspective on Taylor's passing.