Blah, blah, blah: 2 January 2010Posted: January 2, 2011
Anyway, the old year didn’t quite squeak out the door without ESPN finding a way to display — yet again– what is wrong with “the best of” lists. On New Year’s Eve, after Bowl-a-palooza finished, ESPN ran an hourlong special that was — ostensibly — a kickoff to a new 2011 series, “The Year of the Quarterback.” Not a bad idea. I mean, yeah, there’s way too much focus on quarterbacks anyway, but still, not a bad idea for a series.
ESPN teed this special up with Chris Connelly hosting (he also wrote it), along with Trent Dilfer, Jerry Rice and some other defensive player whose name escapes me at the moment (that’s how much attention I was really paying). And things went downhill from there.
The first 20 minutes was dedicated to even more coverage of … no, not Brett Favre (yet), but Tim Tebow. Supposedly, this was because the first episode will be about Tebow’s messianic entry into the National Football League, but I have a feeling it was more because of ESPN’s fascination with Tebow. I really didn’t need an entire “Sports Science” segment on The Anointed One’s mechanics.
Then came the lists, or The List. The guests were all asked to list, among various other things, their “Top 10 Quarterbacks of All Time.” That’s right. Of ALL time.
Now, normally, I give Jerry Rice a pass on just about everything, because he’s, well, Jerry Rice. (OK, we grew up in the same county, so that counts, too). And I was really ready to hear The Greatest Wide Receiver In The History of Mankind tell us who he thought were the best ever.
Sadly, his list was just as predictable as the others, and of course Steve Young and Joe Montana topped his list. In fact, I don’t think anybody listed a quarterback who wasn’t playing or recently retired: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, Kurt Warner (?), etc. Now wait — this was supposed to be an ALL TIME list. Not one mention of Johnny Unitas? Terry Bradshaw? Ken Stabler? Y.A. Tittle? Bart Starr? Joe Namath? I’m not saying any of these people rate being called The Best Ever, but they certainly belong in the conversation (especially Unitas).
So, Jerry, you let me down.
Meanwhile, The NFL Network — normally a “go-to” for me — decided New Year’s Day was a good time to run a half-hour show on the “NFL Playoff Implications of 2010.” Mmmhmmm. A whole half hour. Seriously,this is two minutes of air time during the local news sports segment. Blah, blah, blah indeed.
Which gets me to the real “blah blah blah” of the day, and possibly of the winter. The MLB Network’s Hot Stove coverage. If this isn’t made-up coverage to fill air time, I don’t know what is. I love baseball, and I’ll watch as many MLB games as I can come summer. SUMMER. Pitchers and catchers don’t even report for a few more weeks, but MLB Network needs something to fill air time, hence Hot Stove. I’m sure it’s important to the 11 baseball geeks that watch it, but I really don’t think a rundown on the prospects in the Pioneer League is real news — baseball or otherwise.
But I could be wrong. Blah, blah, blah.