The Death of ESPN--NY Post
In the second quarter, ESPN's Steve Young,
- this week's special in-booth guest/needless distraction, was asked to assess Miami's QB situation. He suggested injured Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper lacks dedication. "I see where he's been missing meetings," said Young.
- In the fourth quarter, after Culpepper, who heard Young's comment, confronted Young off-air to tell him that he doesn't know what he's talking (to a national audience) about - he had not missed any team meetings other than when he had knee surgery - Theismann issued a clarification on Young's behalf.
- That, too, is typical of the new ESPN, where ex-star players are hired by the ton, then thrown on national TV to say anything about anyone, no accountability needed,
- as if it's one big blog. Last year, Young declared that Chris Simms was disadvantaged by his soft upbringing, which not only enraged Chris's dad, Phil, it was a terrible guess presented as insight.
****But all of the above is representative of why ESPN is our TV Story Of The Year. What ESPN has long been moving toward -
its self-destruction as a cherished sports network - was, in 2006, nearly completed."
- FILLED WITH FACTUAL ERRORS WHICH ARE NEVER CORRECTED, BUT FOR WHICH SPONSORS AND VIEWERS HAVE PAID MILLIONS---VIEWERS WITH THE FINITE AND IRRETRIEVABLE HOURS OF THEIR LIVES---MUSHNICK SAYS ESPN IS LIKE "ONE BIG BLOG." HOW TRUE, EXCEPT ACTUAL 'BLOGS' OFTEN TAKE NO MONEY FROM ANYONE AND ARE CONCERNED WITH ACCURACY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ABOVE ALL.