One of my favorite television channels is ESPN (and I consider ESPN2 the same channel). Despite this, there are some things about ESPN that really bother me. Here is a breakdown of the five best and worst things about the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network:
The 5 Best Things about ESPN
- Baseball Tonight. At the end of the day this program is wonderful. Highlights, commentary, and John Kruk.
- Baseball Games. Sunday and Wednesday night baseball is excellent. Even if most games involve the Red Sox and/or the Yankees, I enjoy seeing teams that I normally do not get to see play.
- Mike & Mike in the Morning. I do not get to watch them as often as I would like, but every time I do I am impressed.
- Sports Center. This is still the ultimate sports highlight show. It’s everything that went down in the world of sports in the past 24 hours.
- Chris Berman. Is he over the top sometimes? Sure. But I still think he’s great.
Runners Up: Tony Kornheiser, Peter Gammons, NFL Live
The 5 Worst Things about ESPN
- NASCAR programming. Why?
- Spelling Bees. The first time I saw a spelling bee televised on ESPN I thought it was a commercial. But it kept going.
- Stephen A. Smith. I grew up hearing Stephen A in the Philly media, and I couldn’t stand him. Luckily I was able to avoid avoid him most of the time. Then he became a national figure when ESPN hired him. I have a rule. When Stephen A appears on my television within five seconds either the channel must be changed or the volume must be muted.
- Bill Plaschke. I’m not sure why Bill bothers me. I normally don’t agree with his positions, though I do like some of his writing, but on television I can’t stand him. I stopped watching Around the Horn just because of him.
- Poker. I don’t like poker on tv. ESPN broadcasts way too much of it. I’d rather see the World Series of Sumo Wrestling.
Runners Up: Skip Bayless, Eating Contests, Cheerleading Competitions, WNBA games, AFL games, Billiards, Bowling
Oh by the way, I love Steve Berthiaume’s “Fill thine horn with oil and go” line. Positively love it. I think it is currently my favorite ESPN quote. How often do you get to hear the OT while watching sports highlights (of course, I might be biased because that line usually is accompanied by a Phillies home run).