December 04, 2013
ESPN is The King of Hypocrisy
Most people who follow sports know that the University
of Alabama kicker named Cade Foster received some very nasty messages/tweets etc. after his performance against Auburn on
Saturday, November 30, 2013.
In response, on Monday’s, December 02, 2013 ESPN’s
“Mike and Mike” program, both Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic heavily chastised those senders of the vile messages.
Mike Golic called them “SCUM” on numerous occasions. I do not want to applaud Greenberg and
Golic for their actions because having principles is not something that should be applauded,
but I do want to commend them. Their words were lessons in maturity and basic human decency.
Regardless, I am most happy they used their platform
to voice their opinion.
What bothers me is that the company they work for, known
as ESPN, is probably the biggest contributor to the degradation of sportsmanship in today’s world. The
network, (as do all networks) promote the taunting, finger pointing, the end zone celebrations, the slam dunks, the pointing
to the sky as if God helped the player hit a homerun or score a touchdown, the Lebron James going to Miami drama, live televising
of high school basketball players signing letters of intent to attend a college for one year but only attend classes for one
semester, etc. The list goes on forever.
I am sure there are well-mannered gentlemen in sport.
The problem is good clean-cut, All-American type kids from the 1950s and 1960s do not bring in advertising dollars
to the networks so the public is forced to endure the Deion Sanders and Terrell Owens and Chad Johnsons and Reggie Jacksons
and college basketball and football players who think they walk on water.
If ESPN really wanted to be “The Leader in Sports
Programming”, they would not show all these self-centered athletes on all their highlight shows. In addition,
they would not allow their sport center hosts to display all their histrionics when reporting the scores.
The network executives at ESPN, FOX, CBS, NBC etc. are
all to blame for the degradation of sportsmanship in America and throughout the world.
If Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic really believed in what
they said, they should have enough courage to challenge their bosses to grow up. If Greenberg and Golic lost
their jobs because of their stance, in my eyes, they would really be putting their money where their mouths are.