The Artful Dodger wrote:A Fleshner Fantasy wrote:I've noticed a ton of you complaining about fluff and how the people aren't serious enough and there's too much just geared towards entertainment. My question is, why is this so bad? I mean, how boring do you guys want your tv to be that it's all completely serious discussion about in depth issues with football? The entertainment value is funny and enjoyable. I love shows like Sportsnation that are actually geared towards mindless humor rather than in depth discussion.
Different strokes for different folks, really. I can understand that ESPN has to cater to all kinds of sports fans as possible. I just don't happen to be one of them.
For me, I can't find the entertainment value all that enjoyable. It's the same old, brash, over-the-top attention-seeking analysts who speak with extra inflection in their voices as if to say, "Look at me I have an opinion, hear me roar". It's the regurgitation of catchphrases, regurgitation of "breaking or developing news", and needless influx of pop culture with sports. Hardly anything of substance in a good deal of their programs. Our ESPN Los Angeles dumbs us down as if we all stroll to the Pinkberry and walk our chihuahuas there. Likewise, fans who are much too reliant on ESPN like life support to form a sports opinion aren't too bright, because of such dumbed down coverage.
I will give ESPN their due for things like 30 For 30 and their football, erm, soccer coverage when ESPN had the Champions League. It's things like the East Coast Bias or the unnecessary TMZ-like coverage of off-the-field incidents that make me avoid ESPN like the plague.
If you think I'm critical about ESPN, you should hear me rant about BBC and their anti-Man United bias, as well as their piss-poor Match of the Day analysis too.
I get what you're saying, and I can't really take a whole lot other than in small doses, but there are definitely some shows I like. The 30/30s are good, and I'm entertained by PTI and Sportsnation. I also like to flip on sportscenter in the background while I'm doing something else.