ESPN Hypes New Jordans In Top Plays, Josh Elliott Takes It Personally

Friday, January 09, 2009

So the newest Jordans were unveiled yesterday, and shoe addicts everywhere swooned. Well for some reason, ESPN decided to put a glorified commercial for the product before Top Plays, and SC's Josh Elliott took umbrage with the nonsensical spot. Here's the clip...

$230 dollars?!?! Good lord that's a lot of money! How about I give you ten and you just let me tie the tongue around the top of my foot with some twine?

Good on you, Josh Elliott. However, I will say that the new Jordans do look a little badass.


That was tremendous! It seemed like he was waiting for an actual play to be shown...haha, that's the early leader for best clip of 2009.

Sean O said...
Jan 9, 2009, 3:34:00 PM  

I guess its not srurprising that ESPN sunk this low to promote some dopey shoe on Top Plays hhuh? Good for Josh Elliot,for taking a stand on this junk. ESPN should be ashmed of themselves for doing this. This was horrendous.

Anonymous said...
Jan 9, 2009, 3:41:00 PM  

For over 200 bucks, I hope one would get one of those gay-ass dip-sh*t hoop earrings that Air-Cheese always wears.

Anonymous said...
Jan 9, 2009, 4:05:00 PM  

It's obvious that Elliot endorses those $15 Starbury shoes.

GMoney said...
Jan 9, 2009, 4:12:00 PM  

Also I got to say it seemed like the top 10 plays were in reverse with the exception of Florida obviously getting #1. 10-9-8-7-6 were more impressive than 2-3-4-5

Anonymous said...
Jan 9, 2009, 4:13:00 PM  

You get bonus points for using the word umbrage.

That was pretty sweet on Elliot's part. The only thing that could've made it better is a Starbury reference. Say what you want about him, but his shoes are $15!

Patrick said...
Jan 9, 2009, 4:22:00 PM  

Jordan should spend less time with his shoes and maybe a little more time working with the Bobs.

walnuts said...
Jan 9, 2009, 4:39:00 PM  

Well, I'll be damned, this changes my opinion of that dude totally.

Kudos. It is fucking ridiculous. At least he realizes how far and hard ESPN has sunk.

hollywood wags said...
Jan 9, 2009, 5:16:00 PM  

I wonder how much Nike paid ESPN for that.

Anonymous said...
Jan 9, 2009, 5:52:00 PM  

Wow, his Wikipedia page was torn apart because of this

Adam said...
Jan 9, 2009, 6:09:00 PM  

That was hilarious.

Good work everybody

JFreak said...
Jan 9, 2009, 6:26:00 PM  

Hey Adam, why are you stupid?

Elliot's wiki page hasn't been edited since November 21st.

Hardly "torn apart" today.

JFreak said...
Jan 9, 2009, 6:28:00 PM  

It reminded me of when they had some huge fall from the show "Wipeout" as a top play and they were cross-promoting an ABC show.

Anonymous said...
Jan 9, 2009, 6:55:00 PM  

anyone catch the begining of the Manu clip..."the Clippers and Suns..." get that women back in a newsroom....

Josh Eliot gets points for one night

questionmark said...
Jan 9, 2009, 7:50:00 PM  

ESPN has to stop making itself such an easy target.

People are always going to take shots at the guy/company on top, but some of the decisions lately have been beyond ridiculous (bringing Reilly aboard at an exorbitant price, over the top Favre coverage, over the top TO/Cowboys coverage, giving Reilly a one hour show for six weeks, shilling products within highlight pieces etc. etc.). When is the madness going to end?

I stopped watching Sports Center long ago and ESPNEWS may be next...

shawn kemp said...
Jan 9, 2009, 7:56:00 PM  

Yo Adam ,

Elliott has two "t's". may want to look into that. unless of course you were somehow supporting ESPN's despicable product placement and purposely posted a link to a gay p*rn star. just saying.

VinnyVedeci said...
Jan 9, 2009, 9:31:00 PM  

don't be surprised if thats the end of josh elliot.

don't f with the sponsors in todays conglomorate driven world

Anonymous said...
Jan 9, 2009, 11:28:00 PM  

Well, it looks like he has a fallback based on the Wiki piece.

Anonymous said...
Jan 9, 2009, 11:33:00 PM  


Anonymous said...
Jan 10, 2009, 1:44:00 PM  

How much were they again? I don't think he said it enough.

Anonymous said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:50:00 PM  

Just like baseball home runs sponsered by X, basketball court, hockey ic and football fiends using more paint for ads than game lines and uniforms looking like nascar, it's time for Top 10 to earn a few bucks. Good for Josh. Now if fans would take a stand too!!!

Anonymous said...
Jan 12, 2009, 12:08:00 PM  

It wouldn't surprise me if his outrage was fake, and just part of the script. ESPN will do anything to make a buck, and Nike knows this clip would show up on blogs everywhere, giving them free advertising. Or maybe I'm just cynical.

Anonymous said...
Jan 12, 2009, 12:49:00 PM  

that was fantastic, he's my new fav anchor. he was so pissed.

gibbs12 said...
Jan 12, 2009, 1:19:00 PM  

I totally agree with J-Ellio (i dunno why I came up with that but whatever)... but let it go already! When Sage "About the same as the weekend newsanchor in Pocatello, Idaho" Steele is admonishing you, time to just zip it and do the job.

I'm surprised that ESPN didn't suspend or even fire him, but I guess that would have been bad press for them. If anyone wants to give them grief, email their Ombudsman (who actually is rather impartial) at

Andy Mac said...
Jan 13, 2009, 7:23:00 AM  

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