TopOfTheThread – it starts here…

Sports, shopping, college, politics, life, and more…

Posts Tagged ‘espn’

Sports is an escape – vs – Obama’s invasiveness

Posted by TopOfTheThread on March 21, 2010

Right now the world is pretty tough.  Wars. High unemployment.  Bad economy.  Major government and political decisions (like health care reform) being made behind closed doors which is creating a feeling of helplessness in the US.  Promises being broken to the citizens of the US (such as transparency).

How do we escape this madness for a few minutes?

Some of us watch sports.

Turn off CNN. Turn off MSNBC. Turn off Fox News.

Turn on ESPN. Watch a game. Watch SportsCenter.

The problem is Obama and politics are  now invading that “arena”.

It’s not the orientation. I agree with him on some topics. I disagree with him on other topics.  I resent when he has to stick his nose into sports. He has done it many times. A couple of examples… He inserted himself into a broadcast of a Jets game in September.  He fills out an NCAA Hoops bracket. Millions of people do it. Who cares?

Please cut it out.   Please,  please give us somewhere, a safe-haven, to have a little peace and not think about politics and the economy. Sports was it.

Posted in business, College Sports, politics, sports, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

It’s time for individual sports records to take a backseat…

Posted by TopOfTheThread on February 22, 2009

Regarding team sports such as baseball, football, hockey, soccer — only:

As fans, we have been pushed to say

  • Who cares about Barry Bonds, or Hank Aaron having the most home runs
  • Who cares about Roger Clemens having 350 wins and over 4,000 strikeouts
  • Who cares that Mark McGuire beat out Sammy Sosa in the 1998 Roger Maris home run chase
  • So what — Alex Rodriguez has 500 plus home runs and counting…..

Cheating has taken place and will always take place.

Focusing on team records is, at least, an equal playing field (no pun intended). Think about it.

A-Rod recently admitted using steroids from 2001 – 2003.  Let’s assume that at least 104 players used performance enhancing drugs during that era. Who won the World Series from 2001 – 2003 (Arizona Diamondbacks,   Anaheim Angels, Florida Marlins). Fine.

So we can assume that at LEAST 100 of the 700 major league players “cheated” using performance enhancing drugs.  For round numbers, that’s 14% of the players.  Let’s assume there is an equal distribution of  “cheaters”. 14% of the Diamondbacks cheated. 14% of the Angels cheated. And 14% of the Marlins cheated.

Continuing, 14% of the NY Yankees, NY Mets, and Boston Red Sox also cheated, and did NOT win the World Series.

As a fan, I have no problem with it.  Those seasons were entertaining and fun to watch.  It is an equal playing field because all the teams and players probably had access to the same performance enhancing drugs. Teams made decisions. Individuals made decisions. That was THAT era.

When the rules were set outlawing steriods, the number probably went from 14% to 2% (a guess).  Again, the cheaters were probably evenly distributed amongst the league.

So all the teams and players probably had a representative sample of cheaters.

As new drugs come on the scene, everyone will have access to them. New masking agents come on the scene, everyone will have access to them. It’s illegal but fair.

************************

The same holds true for football.  As time as gone on, steriods/HGH testing has gotten tougher. People still use then and there is probably an equal distribution amongst the teams and players.

************************

This may seem like bizarre logic, but it makes sense for the “team results”. Of course it does not help the individual records that are affected by this cheating.

I know it’s not realistic, but perhaps we should come up with an alternative to “individual records”. Perhaps we should discuss using a word like “highlights”.

One of the “highlights” of the 1998 season was McGuire and Sosa competing to hit the most home runs… I know,I know, it’s weak…

(photo nflheadline.com gain-weight-muscle-fast.com)

Posted in sports, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Is ESPN so desperate for ratings?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on September 2, 2008

I thought ESPN prided itself on its reporting.david tyree ny giants football

ESPN hyped its E:60 Show (9.2.08)… Giants David Tyree… Comes back from being admitted to a mental institution.. Tyree thinks he’s the Devil… Oh my g-d…

We expect these type of stories from the supermarket rag sheets, not ESPN. Jeremy Schaap should be ashamed being associated with the story. ESPN reported on David Tyree drinking, drugging, playing football, drinking drugging, playing football, and more of the same.

Then, all of a sudden, after years of alcohol and drug abuse, Tyree experienced some mental issues. What a surprise!

ESPN did nothing to explain the cause of his bizarre behaviour. They perpetuated the hype that Tyree was possessed! Were they trying to generate ratings?

Let’s spell it out… DRUG INDUCED PSYCHOSIS. jeremy schaap espn

ESPN: You should be embarrassed by your reporting. But don’t worry – We still love you and will continue watching.

ESPN staff and Jeremy Schaap please click here.

(photo blog.syracuse.com deadspin.com)

Posted in sports, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

ESPN (OTL), Penn State Football incidents and elite athletes

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 28, 2008

ESPN (Outside the Lines 7.27.08 ) did a story on Penn State University Football players getting in Cheerleaders Penn State trouble off the field. They have been getting in fights, drinking, and other troublesome activities.

****************************************

I don’t have the answers but none of this should be unexpected.

Elite athletes, such as Division 1 football players, are recognized at young ages. By the time they are in Junior high school, people are kissing their butts, telling them how great they are, and at times, are being contacted by colleges.

By the time they are in high school, everyone is kissing their butts, colleges are visiting, and they are constantly being told they are special. They naturally start feeling they are better than others and rules do not apply to them. At practice and on the field they are trained to be aggressive, give 100% effort, protect teammates, and leave it all on the field…

So now they accept a scholarship to a big time Division 1 footbal school. Everyone kisses their butts. Girls want them. They get to “cut the line” on their class schedules so they can make practices and games. They generated press and dollars for the university so the administration kisses their butts. They continue to be treated special and feel the rules don’t apply to them….

… and, realistically, the rules don’t appy to them….

So now you have a 20 year old kid who is getting in trouble or fights? Since he was 13 years old, he has been told is special and (directly or indirectly) that the “rules” don’t apply to him .

Are we surprised? Actually, we should all be surprised this isn’t happening more often on more campuses.

(photo i.a.cnn.net)

Posted in college life, education, sports, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

ESPN betrays the Yankees and MLB

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 10, 2008

Over the last year or so, ESPN and other sports carriers have been providing “open- or all-access” to professional sports.

You, the viewer, get to (for example) sit in the locker room and listen to Doc Rivers instruct Paul Piece,hand gripping a baseball tipping pitches Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and the rest of the Boston Celtics on what they should be doing in the second half of the game. Typically the coach has already told the team private, strategic message. By the time the camera is turned on, the viewer usually hears meaningless dribble like “fight over the pick-n-rolls” or “play hard, we have this game.”

In another sports scenario, a hockey player will be mike’d. You hear some of his conversation and banter. The viewer sees and hears a very moderated and edited clip. There is specifically no cursing and “important” interaction with the coaching staff.

We know ESPN (et al) are trying to give the viewers a taste of being behind the scenes at a professional sporting event. Nice try but weak. And now it seems like ESPN may have pulled a “Bill Belichick” and poked the cameras where they don’t belong.

According to Bronx Liason, “(July 7, 2008 ) While Brett Gardner led off the eighth inning, the ESPN cameras peered into the tunnel – which they’re not supposed to do – and caught Bobby Abreu showing Alex Rodriguez how Manny Delcarmen tips his pitches.” ESPN and everyone knew what they (ESPN) were doing was wrong. ESPN announcer Joe Morgan said, “I don’t think we should have showed that…”.

ESPN had been showing the players sharing how the pitcher was tipping off his pitches.

ESPN stepped over the line. Not just the Yankees, but Major League Baseball (MLB) needs to reinforce the rules with them. Obviously this needs to be done in a delicate way in that ESPN pays major fees to MLB, but it needs to be done.

ESPN is given special permission to be invasive. They need to use better judgement and not give up something strategic to the entire viewing public. They knew exactly what they were doing.

(photo pitchingtips.files.wordpress.com)

add to del.icio.us :: Add to Blinkslist :: add to furl :: Digg it :: add to ma.gnolia :: Stumble It! :: add to simpy :: seed the vine :: :: :: TailRank :: post to facebook

Posted in offbeat news and videos for college students, sports, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Mike Greenberg’s gambling problem and the Broadcaster’s Hall Of Fame (MikeAndMike)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 10, 2008

Re: Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic of ESPNradio. Show MikeAndMike.Mike Greenberg Mike Golic ESPN radio sports
************************

First it’s Pete Rose. Now it’s Mike “Greeny” Greenberg!

Mike Greenberg announced today that he bet $1500 on Mike Golic to win the HORSE basketball contest of the Mike and Mike Pentathlon.

We believe gambling on sports, especially a contest in which you are participating is deplorable and unnaceptable. What makes it even worse is he bet on his opponent, Mike Golic.

This act will come before the board of the Broadcaster’s Hall Of Fame and will surely prevent a first ballot entry for Mike Greenberg. 😉

(photo media.philly.com)

Posted in College Sports, sports, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Hey Mike And Mike – What is a sport?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 1, 2008

I Love ESPN SportsCenter and ESPNradio — but what is a sport?

sports espn

I watch SportsCenter at least once a day. First thing in the morning. Religiously.

Their format is great. The stories are interesting. I am a perfect fit for their demographic.

I enjoy the major and less-than-major sports. American sports. European. Austrailian. You name it, I watch it.

Hey – The World Series Of Poker is not a sport. I enjoy the coverage and watch it. (Why is watching poker on TV interesting? The reason this is so popular is because of the voyeuristic aspect of seeing everyone’s cards. One of the other TV stations showed a few hands in which you could only one hand — not interesting — you can do that on your own with your buddies.)

Yes – I even watch some of the Spelling Bee. Entertaining. Yes. A sport? No.

Watch this video. How entertaining is it?

My questions are (1) What is a sport? and (2) What next will ESPN start broadcasting that is not a sport?

Click: Let’s Ask Mike And Mike on espnradio … Let’s not forget the hot dog eating contests too!

add to del.icio.us :: Add to Blinkslist :: add to furl :: Digg it :: add to ma.gnolia :: Stumble It! :: add to simpy :: seed the vine :: :: :: TailRank :: post to facebook

Posted in College Sports, Mike And Mike and Mark, MikeAndMikeAndMark, sports, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »