ESPN Is Pathetic

jose melendez

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Not "calling you out" for being anything in particular but that's a very strange thing to say about a woman whose second job in sports journalism as a 20something was doing an NHL beat in the 90s.
Not "calling you out" for being anything in particular but that's a very strange thing to say about a woman whose second job in sports journalism as a 20something was doing an NHL beat in the 90s.
She's older than me, which surprises me, but I stand by it. I have always regarded her as having this affect, and I still do when I see her today.
 

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Athletic has a story too, that I think needed another edit for clarity:

https://theathletic.com/2798560/2021/08/30/how-the-washington-generals-of-high-school-football-conned-espn/

“It’s really sad,” Holtzclaw told The Athletic on Monday. “They have some good kids on their team that just want to play football, want to go to the next level, whatever. But the guys that run it lie and cheat. It’s terrible.”
 

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This might be a thread of its own - keeps getting crazier the more layers that get peeled off.

The youth sports industry has a very seedy underbelly, but while everyone crucifies Bishop Sycamore for being outright fraudulent - maybe we should be thinking about why we even have an IMG and nationally televised high school football. This is a LONG was from Central @ West on homecoming…
 

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One of the headlines on the front page is "Giraffe named after QB Burrow dies after illness".

Not only is that not newsworthy, but I quickly misread it as "Giraffe named starter after QB Burrow dies after illness" and I was like, holy crap I didn't even know Joe Burrow was ill!
 

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The one point someone made that was reminiscent of some of the moves the Yawkey-era Sox made: Kevin Mitchell got traded because Cashen thought he was a bad influence on Strawberry and Gooden. He didn't drink or do drugs and ended up being MVP 3 years later (for the Giants). Some bad influence.
 

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These 30 for 30 episodes were amazing (no pun). And as much as the Sox have won and the Mets haven't in the last 35 years, that last episode was gut-wrenching. Being a strike away 16 times (16 TIMES!) is insane. ESPN could do a ten-part episode on the 1986 post season and I'd watch every second of it. All of the Mets came off as affable, good guys; even assholes like Dykstra, Backman and Strawberry. Hernandez seemed the coolest and you can tell why he was the leader of the bunch, but Kevin Mitchell seemed like a really good guy too.

I started to look into the numbers a little and how McNamara managed that team was fucking criminal, especially the pitching staff. I understand that it was a different time, but eight pitchers threw the ball in that seven-game series. Only two (Clemens and Hurst) had ERAs under 3.20. You could argue that McNamara had to manage around such a shitty staff or you could say that McNamara's staff was running on fumes due to overuse. I prefer to believe the latter. It may have been Jeff Pearlman, but someone in the documentary said for such an exciting game, Game 6 was the worst managed game ever. And I tend to agree. McNamara was clueless and Davy Johnson was just a little less clueless.

If social media was around in those days ... man.

I thought that Hernandez' theory of why Buckner was playing so far back (he was the only former NL guy on the Sox and knew how fast Mookie was) was interesting. But the more I think about it, it seems a bit counter intuitive. Like, shouldn't Buckner have been playing up more? So that he wouldn't have had far to run? IDK. This documentary brought back a lot of memories. And it's good that 2004, 07, 13 and 18 happened.
 

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This might be a thread of its own - keeps getting crazier the more layers that get peeled off.

The youth sports industry has a very seedy underbelly,
I am coaching in a league that is response to many "prep" basketball programs in Western Canada. So many kids are throwing away money for a chance to play, keep playing, or a pipe dream of college ball. Kids are playing 500 bucks or more month, then they team buys them a Y membership and tries to pratice during open gym times, etc. Lots of horror stories.

Anyway our league is new and the price tag seems crazy to me, but we have these working class kids just handing it over. We are pursuing sponsors, fundraising, etc, to lower costs, but kids and parents are asking if we need more $.