Like some sort of hideous Blob type demon spawn, ESPN2's First Take is expanding once again. Earlier this winter, ESPN attempted to launch a new Saturday morning edition of First Take starring the ignominious Rob Parker. Those plans were cut short when Parker destroyed his own career with some of the most outlandish comments on Bristol airwaves. The last time First Take Weekend aired in its 8 AM Saturday time slot was in the last week of December.
If at first you don't succeed, try and try to inflict pain and torture on us as much as you can. Stephen A. Smith tweeted, ESPN will begin to air a live half hour edition of First Take in their afternoon lineup at 3:30 PM ET. This is in addition to the four hours of First Take on ESPN2 from 10 AM - 2 PM ET. If God wasn't so worried about the Ravens winning the Super Bowl, maybe he could have stopped this...
This Thursday, FIRST TAKE is also coming on LIVE at 3:30pm on ESPN -- not ESPN2. We're doing this for a month. We'll still be on in the AM.— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) February 5, 2013
Every time I think ESPN is turning a corner with the legitimacy and sincerity of their programming and their honest effort to be taken seriously from a journalistic perspective as a company... they throw another half hour of carnival barking, trolling, and least common denominatoring at America. When we say ESPN is developing a branding problem, this is exactly why. ESPN is better than a program that wants to give one of its debaters taking credit for motivating Joe Flacco by calling him "Joe Fluke-o." I really do feel for the many people at ESPN that do good, honest, hard work to see them passed over time and time again at the expense of this circus.
Tommy Craggs was right. Soon ESPN will be nothing but 24 hours of people arguing with Skip Bayless.
I have been tuning into First Take since it was called Cold Pizza. In the early days of first take had a lot of guests which would make the show so much more entertaining/interesting. Then Smith coming on the show on Wedsdays with various guest usually expert in there different area's of expertise along with other long time jounalists. Jamelle Hill(sic) who I adore, Legs for B-ball, Rob (I'm so misunderstood) Parker and so on. Then ome clown at ESPN thought it would be a good idea to limit the hosts and made it whining competion between Smith and Bayless.I'm not so sure about Bayless but Smith doesn't know diddly squat about any sport except for basketball at most. that became painfully clear when he was arguing about how the Heat's winning streak is more impressive than the Blackhawks streak in the NHL. OMG what is Smith doing talking about the NHL in the first place. He is not a sprorts fan which is necessary to be a good anlyist and he is friends with some of the basketball players and coaches and gets some inside info and that is about it. At least
Bayless has objectivity working for him some of time. I know I could change the channel like I did today when they were getting ready to discuss LaBron for the third time in an hour.
I love when people comment on people or shows who sound so ignorant that it's blatantly obvious they NEVER watch said program. Pathetic. If you'd actually LISTEN to their debates, you'd see how much knowledge there is on First Take.
As pleasurable it is to look at Cari Champion, I don't care for her as the host of the show. I think First Take should go back to having more variety of guests on the show to debate with Skip. I miss seeing The 2 Stews and other folks that used to be on from time to time.
Cari Champion pretty much nullifies Screamin A. and Skip for me...as long as she's on, I'll watch awhile.
I don't get it. How much argue-debating can they get in within a half hour? Four hours is 3 hours too much First Take, since they seem to cover almost everything within the first hour or so (same as Sports Nation, SportsCenter...).
I still don't understand why Stephen A Smith is on all the time. Didn't they get rid of him a few years ago? These executives must not even watch one second of these shows
Dude...just change the channel if you hate First Take so much. I don't watch it but I don't care that they're expanding either.
@clordatl If you don't care, why are you here? Why are you taking time to read and comment? It's not about watching the show (I don't 99% of the time), it's about ESPN trumpeting this debate nonsense over quality programming.
@myoder84 Because beyond the First Take stuff, I really enjoy a lot of what you guys write about. Not a hater. :)
Barf! But its not like I actually watch that block of programming anyway so I don't have to worry about not tuning in at that time. As bad as First Take is, its no worse than SportsNation, and Around the Horn. I used to watch PTI many moons ago, but PTI may have been the worst thing to happen to ESPN because it spawned so many awful clones that it has actually driven people who intially liked PTI from actually watching PTI. Ahh well, maybe one day NBC Sports Network will be a worthy challenger and I can watch sports coverage on TV again...