Georgia vs ESPN

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Everyone in the world knows that ESPN is infatuated with Tim Tebow and Florida, and this little nugget from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution makes the "relationship" between the two seem even odder than we thought it was. If you missed the Georgia game last Friday, Knowshon Moreno had what will probably be one of the plays of the year by scaling over a Central Michigan defender.

Well apparently you weren't the only one who missed it because according to the AJC is saying that ESPN refused to show it during any recaps, and it didn't even make the Top Ten on Sports Center. Well Mark Richt, the AJC and others had some fun with ESPN during a a conference call the other day and here was what transpired....

Richt: “Yeah. They missed the boat or didn’t do their homework or whatever. I don’t know how they couldn’t have noticed that as thorough as it seems like that are most of the time. But it’s going to make our highlights for a long time.”

Then Brett Jensen of “,” a website that covers Georgia athletics for ESPN, piped in.

Jensen: “I spoke to some people up in Connecticut about that today. They said Fox, who had control of the game, didn’t put that in that highlight in the highlight package they sent up to the satellite.”

Richt: “You’re kidding me? [Starts laughing] Oh, so you throw Fox under the bus? I threw you under the bus and now you throw Fox under the bus. That’s the way it works.”

Then Dean Legge, whose website is in the Fox family, chimes in? “They had cameras there. They could have pulled it off the satellite.”

Richt: “Maybe it just wasn’t that good of a play. I don’t know. I thought it was pretty good.”
That's pretty odd right? I don't know how someone for Georgia would have failed to add that to a highlight package, but I guess it's possible. The only thing I know for sure, is that if Tim Tebow did that (below) during a game, ESPN would have flown someone to Florida and picked up the tape themselves. Maybe it had something to with the Florida game being on that night, but for them to avoid it just makes no sense. Here's the video via TBL and you tell me that the play shouldn't have a spot on an outlet that dubs itself "The Worldwide Leader In Sports"....

Richt: ESPN ‘didn’t do their homework’
Knowshown’s Nice Hurdle (TBL)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 1:45 PM


I actually saw it on SportsCenter Top, they must have gotten pressure to include it. I was out of town (in VEGAS!!!) and caught in before I headed out to dinner Sunday night. That is the only place I saw it as TV viewing wasn't the priority....

Anonymous said...
Sep 9, 2008, 2:57:00 PM  

Keiland Williams did it first and actually scored. "Play of the Year" my a**.

BF said...
Sep 9, 2008, 3:05:00 PM  

It looks cool in slow-mo, but it's not THAT amazing. Brian Leonard used to do that ever week at Rutgers.

Jay said...
Sep 9, 2008, 3:12:00 PM  

Here's a nice Leonard Leap:

And an NFL Leap:

Jay said...
Sep 9, 2008, 3:14:00 PM  

That's pretty entertaining, but really a stupid move when you analyze it--unless he doesn't care about getting upended on his skull or racked.

rhino ear said...
Sep 9, 2008, 3:16:00 PM  

Not to be an ass, but there is no such institution as "Georgia U."

University of Georgia.

Not An Ass said...
Sep 9, 2008, 4:01:00 PM  

Even as a CMU guy, I was impressed by that play when watching the game.

CMU alum said...
Sep 9, 2008, 4:54:00 PM  

See ESPN Did Mess Up on "The Hurdle" Highlight, It Seems for responses from both Fox and ESPN...

Sep 9, 2008, 5:16:00 PM  

He got tackled right after he jumped. If that is the play of the year, F this football season.

Anonymous said...
Sep 9, 2008, 5:20:00 PM  

I have found it odd that UGA has gotten so little love in the past 6 weeks. They went from the darlings of college football after killing Hawaii, to finishing 3rd in the SEC East by some media members. I think the Florida lovefest has something to do with ESPN tart Erin Andrews and Tim Tebow is Jesus in shoulderpads...UGA has a difficult stretch of games the next 3 weeks - South Carolina (may not be as tough as first thought), at Arizona St., and Alabama (which SI seems to think can beat the world after beating a junk Clemson team)- so I'm wondering what the excuse will be for ESPN not to get behind them after they get through September 5-0. I can guarantee you there will be something wrong with them, and something right with Ohio St., USC, and Florida

Anonymous said...
Sep 9, 2008, 5:22:00 PM  

Pahleez... It's against CMU!!! If Knowshown does that against Florida, then it's a worthy highlight. Maybe if he scores a touchdown on the play, then I can understand. Geez, a guy with that kind of talent jumping over some walk-on DB from CMU doesn't deserve more than a tease at the end of some weekend recap segment... on ESPNU! Get real Dawg fans.

ObiSun said...
Sep 9, 2008, 9:26:00 PM  

What's the big freaking deal? A spectacular play in a blowout against a cupcake isn't as compelling as a play in a pivotal game or a rival. Why raise a big stink about it?

/Tyrone Prothro

Anonymous said...
Sep 9, 2008, 9:42:00 PM  

Missouri TE Chase Coffman has done this exact same hurdle-an-incoming-tackler trick each of the past two weeks, and at least twice last season if I remember correctly. None of them were featured on the Top 10, and half of ESPN are Mizzou grads anyway, so get over it UGA.

Anonymous said...
Sep 10, 2008, 1:19:00 AM  

Georgia played on FRIDAY? Interesting. Did Vegas know the game had been played when it accepted bets on Saturday morning?

Anonymous said...
Sep 10, 2008, 1:49:00 AM  

ESPN is so based for certain teams(you know which ones) it isn't even funny.

Anonymous said...
Sep 10, 2008, 5:53:00 AM  

If it had led to a touchdown or gained another 15 or 12 yards then it's definitely an incredible play. It didn't gain more than 5 extra yards, though, so I don't think it's really that big of a deal. Definitely very athletic, but not necessarily a top play in my book.

Zach Smith said...
Sep 10, 2008, 11:06:00 AM  

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