When we started this blog a couple months ago I anticipated a lot of blogs including remarks about various lameass things ESPN has done or is in the process of doing. I haven’t really liked ESPN for a while now, but put up with the bullshit because it is necessary. I do not want to watch Sean Salisbury analyze football. I don’t like anyone on that network for basketball, aside from the unintentional comedy of Stacey Dales Schuman calling a red-shirt freshman a sophomore that is in his first year of basketball. The NFL Network has helped me rid myself of ESPNs awful football coverage, but I’m stuck with them for basketball. Baseball, well, I like what ESPN provides more often than not.
With eBay ESPN, they have a lame slate of writers and an overload of Insider articles. Their Fantasy Football layout is horrible compared to Yahoo and, well, OK…we all know there are flaws with what ESPN provides, but they still do this sports thing more than everyone, so when talking sports, people are inevitably going to talk about the bad moments.
But, I’m finding it more and more difficult to rip on ESPN lately. It’s just not fun anymore. Too many people consistently rip ESPN for things that they probably should not be ripped for that it takes the fun out of it for everyone else. Deadspin, great site, but, uh, ripping ESPN for giving employees a coupon for a free drink or meal after ESPN set some MNF ratings record that they’ll break again within two years? The Bill Simmons bashing bandied about the internet recently has been a bit of overkill, as well. Today, I think Yaysports brings things to a new level, however.
Scoop Jackson, a writer for ESPNs Page 2 wrote a column today as the NBA basketball. In it, he referred to the ball with a nickname that originated at yaysports.com. Now, Scoop Jackson certainly could have just written the article as the basketball and gone on with his life. Instead, he decided to throw a bone to the web-site and included their nickname for the basketball in his article. Yaysports had generated the name and has done some comic strips and videos for the ball.
It’s really the kind of thing, that, uh, shouldn’t be turned into a big deal, but the bitchfest about Scoop Jackson about something this mild is ridiculous. I’ve seen about 3 blogs that I normally visit mention this as well as links to many others that are writing about it because Yaysports is encouraging other bloggers to bitch about this.
The fun…taken right out of bashing ESPN. See, if you waste time ripping ESPN for things that don’t warrant it…well, frankly, I should not have to explain the story of the boy who cried wolf to anyone.
They’re bitching about how Scoop Jackson didn’t get their character right…probably because Scoop Jackson…I don’t know, was writing his OWN column and doing so with an idea that NO ONE can call original? Take an object and add words and thoughts to it?! Whoever would think of that? The worst part about this is they say that it’s OK for Scoop to write as the ball, but it’s pretty clear that they think he thieved the entire concept from them…”Again, you have every right to have the NBA ball speak in the first person (as questionable as that is to do)”
A concept that is, uh, not original, but they bitterly proclaim that it was stolen from them. I understand the frustration with writing something and then having someone do something similar that makes what you’re doing so much less unique. But, if what you’re doing is still good…why should it matter? Hell, in the process of doing his own article, Scoop Jackson went out of his way to acknowledge that other people are working with this concept. He could have just written his column as the ball, and I don’t know, gotten on with his life? But, he mentions someone else dealing with similar material. Tells me he’s confident in his own work standing up to competition. An impression I don’t get from the writer at Yaysports.