There are three childhood habits that I have kicked or would like to kick. I've already nixed guzzling up to a handful of sodas a day and recently, I believe I've finally weaned myself off MTV programming although I fear I could somehow relapse. Growing up these were staples of my daily routine that I've eliminated and now my attention turns to not watching SportsCenter anymore.
For millions, it's still a habit.... a bad habit. I wrote about ESPN's gravitational pull awhile back, the gist of that article being that people nest on ESPN at times either too lazy, too busy, or too uniformed to find something better. You see it almost daily.
You'll go to a sports bar and in the second quarter of an NBA playoff game on TNT, oddly all three televisions are watching a softball game on ESPN. When visiting friends or hosting friends, all too often SportsCenter is the program of choice. Not compelling enough where you need to stop your conversations to watch it, but something to have on in the background. For that reason, often it's what I have on when I work. It's a habit that has become ingrained in our behavior over decades and sadly, it's become a bad habit as SportsCenter is all too often a shell of it's former self.
Given this isn't exactly a new development, you may be wondering, why rant about this now? Earlier in the weekend, Neil Best started to get my cynical juices flowing with this tweet below.
Extent to which @SportsCenter has evolved away from showing sports highlights to doing features, analysis and debate is startling.— Neil Best (@sportswatch) June 30, 2013
I think most would agree with this, including those in Bristol. All too often SportsCenter is crammed with debate and commentary, usually centering around particular teams and personalities. I've actually had three people tell me over the last year that they purposely DVR PTI (on during work hours on the west coast) specifically so they don't have to watch SportsCenter anymore. Think how jampacked of fluff SportsCenter has to be where suddenly a half day old PTI is your window into what's going on in sports.
Historically SportsCenter is at its worst in June and July when only MLB is in season. This has led to programming boondoggles like TitleTown, 50 States In 50 days, and the god awful Who's Now series. So what's in store for this summer? Thus far it's been a LeBron-a-thon and I'll save you the suspense that if there is any contest, he'll win.
Since the Heat won the NBA Finals on June 20th, I believe there has been a Heat/LeBron segment on every single nighttime SportsCenter. It's been 10 days and we have more in store.
At first I accepted the LeBron segments. The Heat had won. They deserved some features and commentary and fine why not have these stupid panels of NBA analysts rehashing all things LeBron. That said, If the Spurs had closed out Game 6, you think the same craptastic panels would have been utilized to wax poetic about the Spurs? No way.
I thought maybe this could go on at most for a week, but it appears we'll have to endure at least three more days as SportsCenter is doing a 6 day "LeBron In Chapters" series that is only half way done.
I don't even know what the hell yesterday's feature was by Jemele Hill, who to her credit replied to some criticism about the feature on Twitter. It had something to do with The Decision and how he might have matured since or something. It was riveting stuff that I'll give you the broad strokes on the nearly 4 minute segment including the teaser and poll: LeBron was viewed as an asshole for The Decision and since he's worked to get better at basketball he somehow learned to internalize his shortcomings after The Decision. Apparently it's too unbelievable that a high paid athlete would be motivated to improve his game on his own. His championships were apparently born out of a realization that he was an asshole.
It was nothing new or compelling and I felt I should have been paid for watching it and LeBron should have paid to have an infomercial of himself aired (yes I know... change the channel).
So why was I
watching enduring the 90 minute late night SportsCenter to start with? Quite frankly (Stephen A Smith voice), I wanted to watch highlights of what I thought to be a thoroughly entertaining game between the A's vs. Cardinals.
The game in question was a delight to watch earlier in the day. A close game with multiple lead changes that included 5 home runs (back to back shots by the Cardinals), 3 goofy errors, 12 total runs, and a myriad of ridiculous web gems. Any description beyond that won't really help my case but if you go to MLB.com, you'll see some pretty stellar plays in a hotly contested game. In a nutshell, I considered it to be the most entertaining and exciting A's game of the year and that includes some walkoffs and a pair of 18 inning+ games.
And even with said homers and web gems AND the fact that was a game between two of the six teams in MLB with 48 wins or more, somehow.... some way the entire game was not mentioned on SportsCenter. Did I mention this was a 90 minute SportsCenter?
In a 90 minute edition of SportsCenter with NO OTHER major pro or college sports in season, how could you snub what was one of the best games of the day?
Let's look at what else got snubbed on a wide open sports Sunday:
- A 1 run walkoff win by the Red Sox over Toronto. How the hell does this happen?
- A 3-1 Angels win over the Astros.
- What looks to be a dandy of a game with the Royals pulling out a back and forth 9-8 win versus the Twins.
- A 1 run victory for the Cubs over the Mariners.
- The defending World Series Champion Giants snapping a 6 game losing streak against the Rockies.
- The entire AL West actually didn't get a single highlight in the show.
You know what else was missing? SportsCenter's Top Ten. I DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU ANYMORE! YOU'RE A MONSTER!
How can there not be a Top Ten? Even Letterman never fucks that up. You can even sprinkle in highlights of games you didn't show in the Top Ten and usually absolve yourself from the ire of pissed off fans.
Given 1/3 of baseball fans didn't get to watch highlights of their teams on a 90 minute edition of SportsCenter on a day with no NBA, NCAA, NHL, or NFL, what filler was injected instead besides the LeBron puff piece?
- 5 minutes about Mark Sanchez. No really. 5 minutes. That's enough time for probably half of those baseball highlights, but instead ESPN showed the butt fumble a handful of times and then talked about how he sucks, which I'm sure was a breaking news revelation that rocked people to their very core.
- A 2 minute montage of X Games Munich highlights.
- 4 minute teaser Sunday Conversation with Kevin Durant (why now?...no idea) hosted by... wait for it... Darren Rovell. Obviously we all want that more than walkoff baseball highlights right?
Playing devil's advocate here, I am guessing a lot of these highlights were penciled into the late night SportsCenter that I've now analyzed in disbelief for the last 2 hours and they ended up being cut for additional NBA free agency coverage. With that said, I feel confident that most fans would have preferred game highlights to be kept in the rundown over the continued exaltation of LeBron, Rovell's interview, X Games montages, and installment number 500 of butt fumble schadenfreude. The fact that a Red Sox walkoff and the Top 10 got axed too really raises an eyebrow.
At this point I feel as if our habitual reliance and loyalty to what once was a pillar of being a sports fan is being used against us. What was once something that nurtured our fandom is now harming our love for sports.
ESPN has and will get away with this, but they're playing a dangerous game with their core viewership. FS1's Fox Sports Live will BY FAR be the most important venture to keep an eye on in FS1's rookie year. It's not clear how FS1 will differentiate Fox Sports Live from SportsCenter. SportsCenter can be good if not great when it wants to be and that's what is so frustrating as there has been a conscious decision to sacrifice quality in favor of self serving promotion and noise. That conscious decision has not gone over with many, but there hasn't been a viable competitor to SportsCenter to embrace.
Fox Sports Live could be awful and that wouldn't surprise me. (In fact, I'm strongly of the thought that Fox Sports Live will not compare well with SportsCenter for a litany of reasons.) That being said, if they embraced the high road and produced a product that didn't make it a habit to ignore quality games, teams, and highlights in favor of a bucket of shit, then I'd be all for it. If there is good stories happening in the sports world, I'd like to see it, know about it, and be able to talk about it. If only there were such a show.
The most distressing point is that ESPN's signature program has transformed over the years from one of its biggest assets to one of it's biggest liabilities. Until now, it hasn't hurt them but with FS1's launch nearing, it will be interesting to see if they continue to dilute SportsCenter into the swill it all too often is.
the new fox sports program is on time. espn could take a page from them on sports broadcasting. the silliness of the espn programming is a turn-offf why can,'t they understand that? we want sports reporting not biased opinionated commentary.
We just moved into a new home with a new cable provider. The TV package I started with does not include ESPN and I couldn't care less.
Around The Horn?; Tony Reality SUCKS big time
Sports center = SC = STUPID CRAP !!!!
PTI = The best (& only) show worth watching on ESPN
I never, ever missed Sports Center and now I hardly watch it. If there is a sports story that I am interested in I will record it and see if they cover it (thanks for adding the "menu" of what's coming up in SC so I can fast forward to what I want to see). I go to the major sports networks (MLB, NFL) to watch the highlights of the days games. I wonder if this is why SC has changed their programming from highlights to over analysis and useless stories? I think they decided to let the sports networks of MLB, NFL do the deep highlights and ESPN brings us this crap.
Even during baseball season ESPN insists on talking about basketball and football. I'm sick of hearing about LeBron and don't give a crap about Tom Brady. Stick to what's relevant!
ESPN also known as exclusively NEW YORK SPORTS NETWORK
New York fans can have ESPN I haven't watched an ESPN program in 4 years!
ESPN is a FARCE!
If the Spurs had won we might of heard about them for 2 or 3 days...not months later.
Sterns picked who he wanted to win and made sure the refs called it so they would ...and everyone know how much Sterns hates the Spurs.
Funny you should mention this. I stopped watching Sports Center about three years ago and never really gave any thought to the 'why' because it really wasn't that important to me. That said, you've just clarified what I, likely, knew, but never gave voice to; ESPN Sports Center is boring to watch because the talking heads seem to operate 'in the noise' rather than '5 by.'
I think the ESPN guys started the ridiculous habit of speaking in the singular when, in fact, baseball history and tradition demand that if a guy drove in 65 runs last year, he had 65 RBIs (not 65 RBI). Grammatical and political correctness don't count when we're thinking of traditional ways of speaking about the Grand Old Game.
Hey, ESPN guys....you sound SILLY when you do this.
Jack from Dallas
I remember when they announced 'Around The Horn' they said it was going to be this "groundbreaking" show that would feature sportswriters from around the country, and it kinda is, except it's the same 8-10 sportswriters, usually 4 of the same 6 who are ESPN regulars. I thought it was, they way they announced it, going to be independent sportswriters from all over the country, different people each day, appearing as guests, not on ESPN payroll and they'd be able to say whatever they want, not an ESPN scripted kinda thing like PTI or First Take where if Stephen A. takes one side, they manufacture the other side of the argument and Skip says the other. It's just more of the same.
It's just a hokey game show version of 'Sports Reporters', which is/was good (back in the day when Dick Schaap hosted it or even nowadays with John Saunders) except they keep moving it around with the behemoth that is Sunday morning NFL pregame programming moving it out of the way. That was must see TV: Sunday morning Sportscenter, Outside The Lines, Sports Reporters... anyone remember when Chris Fowler hosted Scholastic Sports America?
i agree Sports Center is my least favorite for up to date sports info. i mostly just occasionally watch it when i am channel surfing. Around the Horn, and programs like it are horrible and shows the lack of creative talent in their programming dept. the NFL segment lacks objectivity and reeks of bias and mostly unsubstantiated rumors, and whats with these so called insiders who must be getting their info from the towel boys? Steven A and the clueless Bayless are heard to watch its like watching two little children debating a cartoon show. Boy talk about being paid for nothing. They seem to think their opinions are all that matters even if its not factual. I still long for good sports reporting and not sports opinion,s which is what we are being bombarded with in today,s sport,s media.
I have evolved into primarily an NBA fan partly because my favorite NFL team has descended into the Black Hole perhaps never to return, thats the Raiders btw. For me the NBA channel runs rings around ESPN. There I never have to hear the execrable Stephen A.Smith or Skip Bayless, etc. The show I like best on ESPN is Dan Lebatard is Highly Questionable. Dan and his Dad, not sure yet what to make of Bomani Jones addition don't take themselves so seriously. I watch a lot of PTI with less and less enthusiasm. Sportcenter - only if I fall asleep during a game and it is on when I wake up and has an interesting story. It has become awful.
ESPN lost me as a viewer during the Jerry Sandusky - Penn State coverage. These so-called sports journalists "jocks" were espousing their opinions condeming PSU and Paterno before ever reading the Freeh Report and getting all the facts in the case. They have set the tone of public opinion against a great university and coach and have indirectly influenced the NCAA in their sanctions. They have caused irreparable harm to the university and coach that may never be corrected. Here's hoping that due process in the court system will be heard and the truth will eventually come out in the trials and the Paterno lawsuit. The Paterno family deserves it day in court and the outcome will be exoneration of Joe Paterno's reputation and legacy. Mark it down. ESPN beware!
And how is there no mention of those Sportscenter LITERALLY had an offensive foul as a Play of the Day...the TOP play of the day earlier this year. In a close game, a player went for a showboat dunk rather than dishing off to a teammate on a 2 on 1 and was called for the charge. But because he also dunked the ball emphatically and taunted his opponent (who was ecstatic over his ability to cause the turnover) it was the top play of the day.
Make no mistake about it...they were celebrating the dunker...not the defender who drew the charge. So to ESPN, an offensive foul (a turnover) in a close game that was caused by nothing but a selfish need to show up an opponent...was the BEST play of that day.
THAT is why anyone who actually PLAYS sports stopped watching ESPN long ago. EVERYTHING that is wrong with sports today was brought about by the ESPN mentality. Before the ESPN generation took over the rosters of pro sports, any news on a major athlete getting arrested for ANY crime was huge news. A felony was virtually unheard of. But today, if there isn't a felony charge for some athlete at least once a week, THAT is newsworthy.
Who the hell sees it all too often? I don't know ANYONE that has watched Sportscenter since the internet really took hold. Or basically since the team of Olberman and Patrick went away. And that bar that has softball on three TVs did not have Sportscenter on. They had some other sporting event on and never turned it.
And so the strange coverup over this fugly/phegly nonsense continues. If you go to Dario Melendez's twitter feed you'll see that he responds to a tweet I sent @sportscenter that doesn't mention him by name and addresses it to my twitter account with the same argument. That Phegley rhymes with Ugly - (which it does only in the loosest sense that every adverb in the englinsh language rhymes with ugly). In the truest example of missing the point, he emphasizes that Phegley's name is pronounced "faig". Here's the kicker. Asshole posts this supposedly open tweet to my account, but I can't respond to his obvious bullshit because my account is blocked from even opening up the conversation thread. I know this seems like I'm beating a dead horse but think about what the illusion they are trying to pull over your eyes. That he's responding to me directly when I can't respond back to him to create the appearance that there's an open dialogue when in fact I've been blocked from defending my point of view.
SportCenter and ESPN Jumped the Shark in 2000, when they proclaimed a shoe salesman (Jordan) as the Athlete of the Century. Granted, he's probably the GOAT for basketball at present, but best for 100 years? Muhammed Ali was the most recognized athlete of all time, and had Kings and Popes, Tyrants and Saints lined up to meet him. And he risked it all fighting against the hideous War in Viet Nam, and was out of work for the 3-4 best years of his prime. Most likely the most charismatic man alive, or at least since Elvis. And like the very best, always provided as much or more than was expected, on the largest stages in Sport. ESPN fell in love with themselves a long time ago, and that self love endures. But their product sucks, and their lack of evolution and insight is shocking. R.I.P.
WryErase, While it's certainly understandable to infer that was the pun they were using, my guess is the anchor was instead trying to use a bad pun off the slang term "fugly".
So I'm watching ESPN's flagship news program Sportscenter and I'm not sure but I'm pretty sure that Anchor Dario Melendez just lost his job. You be the judge of this partial transcript from his reading of the Tigers-White Sox game today.
"To the sixth, bases loaded, same score for rookie Josh Phegly (batter golfs one into the seats). . . and Nothing Phegly about that!!! His first career grand slam . . . "
I'd love to hear his defense of what is obviously an attempt to riff on the phonetic similarity of "fag" and "Pheg" (ala the derogatory "fagola") to set up the even more offensive punchline that would seem to suggest that a "Pheg" couldn't hit such a manly home run.
(Note-I Tweeted him and he responded. Shameless plug alert. The rest of this story on my blog that shares my user name)
I totally agree with you on Sportscenter. I cannot stand to watch ESPN anymore. My favorite sport is baseball and ESPN, outside of Baseball Tonight and games from time-to-time, devote little to no time to highlights or the sport itself. It seems to be all NFL, NBA and NCAA Football (all sports I have no problem with but don't need them shoved down my throat).
MLB Network and NFL Network have saved me, as this is these are the only sports networks I watch anymore. I get my NCAA Football news online now.
Great work Ben. I couldn't agree more. Way to break it down too, that really illustrates how ridiculous it has gotten.
5 minutes of Mark Sanchez instead of some of those baseball highlights.
I can't think of anyone who I would be less interested to get basketball takes on than Kurt Rambis.
Like you said, it can be so good. But most of the time, it is a waste of time. You have to go to the NBA/MLB websites these days to get decent size highlights, it's ridiculous. Take 30 seconds to SHOW us the game, and then 3 minutes to talk about it? WHY!?
Sometimes I don't mind the stories ESPN airs. But, I am tired of the executives hiring on-air talent and newsreaders (I can't call most of them journalists because it would give legit journalists a bad rap) who act like frat brothers or have no grasp of English grammar (Welcome in ? Are you kidding ?)
I've been getting my sports information online for years and will continue the trend until and unless they hire actual talent with journalistic knowledge and not just a bunch of mostly insufferable clowns turning genuine sports into a Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler flick !
The SportsCenter hate is annoying. It serves its niche. It is something you put on in the background. It is something you throw on when there is nothing else on. That's the point.
Ask the critics when they thought SportsCenter was good? In the early days, right? Or the Patrick/Olbermann era? That's because there really was no other source for sports news, and the internet was not really developed. You had to turn to ESPN to get your news.
And it was still the same thing. Do you think small market teams got much coverage if they weren't having hugely successful years? It was still about the Yankees, Brett Favre, Roger Clemens, John Elway, Deion Sanders etc. over complete and fair coverage for every team.
I would much rather listen to MLB Tonight than Baseball Tonight. No doubt that MLB Network has the superior analysts. But they don't have huge ratings expectations that the Disney bigwigs demand be met. They don't have to create content 24/7, they are on for a few hours every night during the season, and only have to talk about the baseball games going on at the time. They only have to appeal to baseball fans.
Someone who is just an NBA fan and casual sports viewer can put on SportsCenter and watch it, even if it is a heavy NFL day. They're not doing that with MLB Network or NFL Network.
We have so many sports channels, so many websites, social media, it is difficult for news to actually be heard by a viewer for the first time on ESPN, but give them credit, I actually have learned a few occasional things for the first time every once and awhile from watching.
I also like how people act like Fox Sports 1 will change things. They'll still be talking about the Yankees, Red Sox, Tim Tebow, Tony Romo etc. every night. It's the same thing with NBC Sports' The Crossover. Maybe they'll thrown in a mention of the NHL for 10 seconds. That's the only difference.
I think there are numerous ways that SportsCenter can still improve, but technology has passed it by. It is an entertainment show now. The same way a newspaper is read as a way to pass time nowadays, not to really learn about breaking news.
Let it go. ESPN is a regional New England sports station, and focuses on teams from that area. Turn to your local sport network (Fox, Comcast, etc) to get news on your teams.
I turned off ESPN about 5 years ago and it was the best decision in my 30+ years of being a sports fan. Who cares what they say? Meaningless morons
I'm in college for journalism. I understand and accept that my profession might lead me to ESPN, as well as understanding that it might NOT take me to ESPN.
I agree with the majority of this post. I'm on the Internet anyway if I want my sports news, so that's no problem. Those specialized NFL/NBA/MLB/NHL/soccer channels, understandably, are too rich for my ramen-eating budget. But yes, SportsCenter isn't about highlights as much as it is about hype and market, and YES, that draws more eyeballs than "Oh hey, we have Diamondbacks vs. Pirates highlights for you right now."
(interesting point: I see the majority of complaints about SportsCenter are coming from baseball and hockey fans. I'm right, right?)
It's amazing that they'd screw up baseball coverage like that, considered they broadcast MLB games. At least with the way they ignore the NHL, they can hide behind the business excuse of not hyping a league for which they don't own broadcast rights.
Great idea during the NFL highlights to have Berman and Jackson making the same retarded noises for the past two decades. Edgey
I have been off ESPN for years. The Terrell Owens 24 hour coverage over the apparent "suicide attempt" was it for me. NHL, MLB, NESN and SPEED. F Stuart Scott and his lazy eye.
A little late - but welcome to the club. Certainly you guys must have been aware something was wrong when they hired Rush Limbaugh to comment on football years ago... no? Like most (if not all) televised sports, ESPN leans way too much on the ex-jocks. Just because you could dunk a b-ball or catch a pass 10 years ago doesn't mean you're any kind of "expert" on that particular sport - sorry. Some of these guys can barely string a sentence together. Others have built entire careers around nothing more than attitude. What was once fresh and new is now nothing more than a hipster nightmare - if I hear "say hello to my lil friend" or "cooler than the other side of the pillow" one more time...
@MaryHowlin Do you get MLB? I watch Quick Pitch every night and get all the great highlights of each game
@Jack from Dallas - If they're really concerned about correct grammar, they could use "RsBI", since that's what it means when spoken aloud. I agree that they sound ridiculous when they do the "RBI" thing, but I've gotten so sick of SC that I don't even know who the anchors are any longer.
@Jack from Dallas it isn't run batted ins, so I hate to defend them but it is 65 rbi, as in runs batted in.
@Rob4632 The same thing happened to Colin Cowherd's "spanning the globe" segment on the radio. He used to speak to reporters at different outlets around the country.
Now, it's either someone from the four-letter network, or someone who works at the affiliate station in NY, LA or Chicago.
The sad thing is they don't even realize that the incestuous nature of their programming is what is driving away viewers and listeners.
@KennethMarshall Its called "filler" bro. They gotta put SOMETHING on the air so this is what we get.
I said the same thing twice at the end of that post so let me clarify my point. I tweeted him with my complaint. @acarddaysnight. He responded. Deleted his response and then blocked me. I tweeted sportscenter. Didn't name him. They knew who I meant. He responded to my tweet with his own tweet addressed in theory and appearance to me personally, although I never received a notification or message that I had been tweeted because he had blocked my twitter account. It doesn't show up in my twitter feed. I wouldn't have known about it if I hadn't checked to see what he was up to before Logging into my own account. I am blocked and therefore can't respond to his tweet to me, which he knew I wouldn't be able to do, by virtue of his block of me. So basically he and sportscenter are complicit in trying to deflect my criticism but at the same time act as if they have addressed it. In other words, he posted a fake tweet to a blocked account for the sole reason of defusing a possibly embarrassing situation, with some help from the sportscenter twitter crew. Why would anybody do that unless there was some merit to the original complaint? The fact that he revised his original response to my intiial tweet, which have both been deleted from his feed, and reposted it the next day is kind of fishy, no?
@Mendax So who was the best Athlete of the 20th Century. Throw out all the shoe sales, recognition factor, celebrity, and charisma. Because it seems you are saying a shoe salesman isn't worthy, but a guy who can light up a room is.
BTW, Elvis, Jordan and Ali ALL had a thousand eyes on them as they went through life.
@mdpetry With all due respect, I didn't infer anything. I heard something. You're the one who had to jump through hoops to determine intent. I'm the one who reacted to what he said. He said Phegly. As in fagola. A derogatory slang term. If he had wanted to say fugly, he should have. Why would he have to make a pun on a slang term that he could just say outright. And here's the kicker. In our mini-tweet battle, he tried to pull off the Fugly argument too, saying that Phegly's name rhymes with ugly and calling me ignorant. Here's the weird part about this. I would totally have eaten crow if he had just said he was going for fugly. But phegly doesn't really rhyme with fugly, except in the same way that most adverbs rhyme with other adverbs, anymore than the most useless member of the Addams Family Puggsly rhymes with my favorite documentary filmmaker Richard Yeagley. Also, when the root of the adverb you are trying to riff off of is actually used as a derogatory term for gay people, it doesn't matter what your intent was. It's irrelevant if he has never heard the term Fagola or Faig used as a slam (although I'm pretty sure that it was used thusly in a little watched show called the Sopranos). It's ignorance like that that makes ESPN Sportcenter so dangerous.
@WryEraseBoard Sorry about your lame blog, but I think most people just assumed he was making a pun on UGLY. The fact that you interpreted it another way is YOUR problem. But me...not being homophobic, immediately thought of ugly when I read your comment. Not at all fag.
@BonK YES. Word!
@PhillyBeach93 You don't want to work for them. They have a long history of overwork and underpay. Just look what they are doing with the recent lay-offs.
Besides, it's not journalism.
@Forechecker But at least we are comforted by the fact that when the crawl for NHL scores goes by that Nashville will be the last score shown no matter what time zone they are playing in.
@rma56 When you pay five times as much as NBC for one game a week, you have to make it up somewhere. That's why they have to have so many NFL themed shows. So, basically, the four-letter network is paying the NFL for the right to PROMOTE their league 24/7/365.
@sir boxington ...or they do realize it and (think) they are big enough they don't have to care
Here's my last and final common sense argument in this whole thing. If someone walked up to you and said that you were "phegley", would you think they were saying you were "fugly" or calling you gay? Honestly with this dude.
@Alakawak @WryEraseBoard you're totally right. Even I'm annoyed by me at this point. I feel kind of silly about how much I've overreacted to this whole thing. I get a little overzealous in my pursuit of perceived slights against minority groups, to the point where those groups probably wish I would just shut up. As for the blog, it is totally lame but it's a hobby and it's mine. I figured it was a better use of my time than anonymously posting insults on message boards and other blogs.