Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I'm sick of beating this into the ground and this will be the last post on this, but I still believe ESPN's coverage of this event has been poor at best. Those of you that disagree are entitled to your opinion, and I respect that you feel that way, but there are a few things I wanted to say before sharing these two videos that occurred just 15 minutes apart from one another.
Maybe this is a local story, and maybe National Sports Media isn't prepared for this kind of story because it's so unique. I however don't think my love for the Redskins and for Sean Taylor as a player cloud myself in anyway. As a (self-appointed) critic of Sports Media I honestly try to convey things as unbiased as I possibly can. Sure ESPN gets a lot of flack on these pages, but that's because they air 90% of the content in the Sports World. I also praise them from time to time, but again that's not why this blog exists.
First Take spoke sparingly of Taylor's passing this morning, and while Mike and Mike mentioned it at length I just don't think the coverage was even close to adequate for an entity that dubs themselves "The Leader". The whole morning was a collection of highlights about the field from last night's Monday Night Football game, and how next week the great Patriots were going to be on the network. NFL Live aired and it was obviously taped ahead of time because it spoke of the NFL in a cheery light and nothing could be further from the truth.
Outside the Lines then spoke on the subject with a total of about 4 minutes with original content. They spliced in a previous piece that aired on athletes and guns and a Dana Jacobson piece that was on First Take earlier in the day. ESPN aired the Press Conference at around 4pm, but cut out early to NFL Live for the talking heads to discuss.
To be completely honest, I expected much more from them, and I'm extremely disappointed that they spent so little time on the subject.
The "more" I was looking for came immediately after OTL aired on Comcast Sportsnet, and I wanted to share that video with those of you who don't live in the Metro DC area. Their account below is how things should be done. It's a tough day for Football fans and especially Redskins fans. No matter how the man lived, or once lived his life, he leaves behind a fiancee and an 18-month year old daughter. I think Colin from Bucktown Skins Fan sums it up the best and is making a great effort to help Taylor's family....
"Yesterday, upon hearing about Swoop's serious injury, I created a simple logo with the words "Stay Strong." It was my simple wish for him, and not being a religious man, it was my personal substitute for prayer. I have marked up all of the items, from $1-$5 and as soon as Jason La Canfora passes along the memorial fund/charity information, I will make sure that 100% of the profits from the sale of these items goes to those funds/charities; hopefully to one benefitting his daughter."Please head to Bucktown Tees and support Colin and his efforts in any way you can.
With that said here are both Outside the Lines and DC Comcast Sportsnet's coverage. OTL aired at 3pm and this piece from CSN aired at 3:15. I'm done trying to make this an issue or convince anyone that this should be of National importance. You can be the judge on which is more informative and which you learned more about the situation from on your own. It's also great to see Leonard Shapiro from the Washington Post in agreeance as well. We'll obviously receive more coverage from ESPN once the entire league pays tribute to Taylor, but I'll still feel it's too late.
ESPN Botches Taylor Coverage (The Washington Post)
If the videos aren't showing up for you then click the links below....
Outside The Lines
(P.S.- If someone from Comcast wants me to take the video down please email. I hope you will understand its use is to make sure people around the Country who read this site know what's going on with the unfortunate situation.)