My Email to ESPN

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  1. Finski

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    No BS ... I sent this today. I expect no retort.

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    Dear Sirs, Madams, or other genders, even though there's only two and everyone knows it:


    Since politics has replaced sports at your network, I just wanted to wish you all well with this endeavor. Once, you covered sports in a way that made me tune in with hopeful expectation. I used to care what came out of Bristol, CT. That day has ended, and tomorrow is no more. It appears that now, your masters of programming have opted to make sports a delivery device for your agenda, which is clearly at work in your recent staff and program changes.


    Yes, I read the TIME magazine piece that counters my assertion, just so you are aware. That was an Orwellian masterpiece. And unlike most of your employees, I have read Nineteen Eighty-Four, and I have taught it in school for several years. I see what you did there last spring, and what you are doing now with your programming, and I am impressed. Not since Winston Smith first wondered about that ‘memory hole’ at his desk in Oceania has so much truth been erased in the name of journalism.


    To reassert on that TIME mag article: Sean Gregory’s logic is akin to the “I know you are but what am I” method of rhetorical debate. Notice that his proof of the layoffs and the programming changes is never explained, only asserted. That is an example of begging the question. ESPN layoffs are not about politics because they are NOT about politics. In that, I applaud his apologetics. It is terrible logic, but it seems that your remaining viewers bought it. In ESPN’s case, I admire you convincing Disney to convince that august weekly magazine - which has switched ownership so many times, I cannot source who was paid to look the other way this time - to back ESPN’s play in full. Yours is a masterwork of disinformation. Slow clap begins …


    I had been weary of ESPN for years already, as you took Monday Night Football, tied it to a chair, beat a confession out of it with a rubber hose, waterboarded it, and then gelded it over a decade ago. Nevertheless, I gave your ‘network’ a final try over the last few weeks, hoping to see actual sports coverage. I thought - there are 30 teams in MLB, and I live in SoCal, so I imagine there will be something on there about that. So, I watched a few SportsCenter episodes and checked the webpage daily. Yet, I was sorely disappointed. All I got were NFL updates for games I will not watch in September, NBA alerts for a league I have not watched since Clinton was first elected, and images of a Yankee uniform doing something to someone somewhere. I think I saw coverage of baseball’s best team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, buried somewhere beneath a story about a barber in south Florida who services a team helmed by a former Yankee, and Wimbledon, a sport for upper crust white folks played on a narrow lawn. At least your network still covers baseball, so long as it involves Aaron Judge and his Merry Men.


    So, thanks for the memories. I will be that guy who you no longer need to count. I have a job, children, no criminal record, never beat my wife or kids, and I have followed one team each in two distinct sports since I was five years-old. Fortunately for your demographics, I promise to be dead within 30 years, as I am 52 and fat. Once I am gone, pray someone in your ever dwindling slice of a diminishing market will be born to replace me.
     
  2. rube

    rube DSP Legend Staff Member Administrator

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    Reporters, Media, Journalism = Cesspool
    These are not our friends. They are the fishermen for the enemy.
    Self interested sycophants that use what we like/need/desire to feed us the bait so we become hooked to their masters.
     
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  3. Finski

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    I'm hopeful that whosoever gets stuck reading my old white man rant has to look up some of my words. That way, somebody comes out smarter than before this began. #winning
     
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    I'm largely indifferent to the antics of ESPN. So I don't have much of an opinion on your complaints...

    But I really enjoyed reading your letter. It was masterfully written.
     
  5. irish

    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    very well thought out [and written] letter
    unfortunately the content will go way over their simpleton heads
    plus they're so self-righteous that they'll probably scoff at your letter and/or view it with contempt and indignance
    you can't fix stupid, and stupidity combined with arrogance is even worse
     
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    Ok this made my day.....HILARIOUS!!!!
     
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    Only one comment...you could have included Paul Rubens along the " I know you are, but what am I" quote.
    PeeWee a personal wanker hero to me...
     
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  8. Finski

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    Missed my chance. Damn me all to hell ...

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    BTW, the new Planet of the Apes is definitely worth the price of admission.
     
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    apes
    you don't say
     
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    I found the two most recent apes movies were a little flat and rigid. It didn't have the same soul or fun as the original movies.

    Seems like most times when old movies are remade, they make them look pretty, but they lose the spark that made them fun.
     
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    and the imagination that allowed an original thought to be processed
     
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    You speak for many, including myself. Not too long ago, ESPN was the sports authority to me and I seeked their affermation after big victories. Now, it's a complete joke and I NEVER watch it. Not even a thought.

    Not just because their whacked politics or bias, but because all they talk about is the NFL and NBA, which, to me is the gayest sports league in the world. It's like WWE to me. Ben Shapiro wrote a great article about all this.
     
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    there you go talking about Ben again :ohyeah:
     
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  16. Finski

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    Shapiro has taken over my news feed. For years I was a DrudgeReport reader, but Ben is impressive.

    Anyway, it's just sports, I know, but I'll miss old ESPN. For that matter - and I told my students about this recently, and they were disbelieving of it - my all-time favorite sports show was the George Michael Sports Machine on Sunday nights. It wasn't that it was incisive and hard-hitting, but after a long week of work, school, and life, Michael knew that his viewers wanted a little bit of everything from a fan's perspective. I never missed that show.
     
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    Long commute lineup:

    Dennis Prager
    Adam Carolla
    Larry Elder
    Ben Shapiro

    Sometimes I will listen to the Ruben Report to pretend I'm diversifying my political intake.
     
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  18. Bluezoo

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    Again.... you could be listening to the Rubens Report.
    You're just missing out, brudda....
     
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    That's a great show. Creepy, though. And long winded.
     
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  20. irish

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    yup, makes me wonder how the blade runner sequel will be...
     

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