The "50 in 50" thing is evidence of what happens when MARKETING people get involved in the production of a successful television show.
Here you have SportsCenter, which everybody loves as it is. Then some marketing dweeb comes up with a lame feature idea like this, somehow convnces the bean counters at EPSN this this will "extend the SportsCenter brand" to a larger demographic, and voila.... 50-in-50 gets shoved down our throats.
Sadly, no one at ESPN had the stones to stand up to the bean counters and marketing geeks and say "It ain't broke.... why do you want to FIX it?"
Sigh.... I miss the early days of ESPN.... Then again I miss the early days of MTV also... but that's been covered in other threads.
Martha Quinn still rocks my world.