Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I wrote something on Chris Berman's Greatest Highlight over at (the) Sporting News, and I wanted to share some of my thoughts here. When doing the massive amounts of research for the piece (going to Wikipedia) I came across a staggering number. There are 50 different Sports Center segments currently in play. 50! That number just blows my mind.
The newest gimmick is just one in a long line of pointless and inane wastes of time. Via TSB....
It's not that the concept is stale or that similar segments have been done before (see: Best Damn Sports Show's countdown specials) or that Berman is hosting the segment. No, the worst part is that ESPN is essentially taking clips that never originally aired on SportsCenter and claiming them for their own by adding the uber-annoying Berman yelling "back, back, back ... gone" over the top of them.Quoting yourself is the new hotness if you didn't know, and I couldn't agree with myself more. The fact that Berman is basically just doing voice overs for highlights that go back as far as 1932 just rubs me the wrong way.
Consider the clip above. Both of those events took place before SportsCenter's inception in 1979. For the first few years of the show, they didn't even show highlights, it was just sports commentary. Now I know it's taboo to pick on ESPN these days, but I really find it hard when they try to past nonsense like this off as a segment.
If you missed the segment you can check the video out over at The Sporting Blog.
ESPN's Gimmicks Just Keep Getting Worse (Sporting News)
Chris Berman To Host New ESPN Series, Ruin The Best Highlights Ever (Awful Announcing)