I've ran out of words and energy to describe what the live daytime SportsCenter has become. In a sort of brain-being-sucked-out-of-your-head way, it can be as bad as First Take at times.
Today's entire block of daytime SportsCenter was dedicated to the Miami Heat's version of the Harlem Shake. It's as if Bristol, Connecticut just discovered the wonder of viral videos. The worst part is I couldn't tell if everyone on air was faking their interest and delight in this "story" or if in some kind of Stepford Wives alternate universe, they actually believed this was the greatest thing ever. And it's not as if this was a funny or cute throwaway segment that could break up the monotony of sports news and provide a brief chortle. It's not as if they just showed the video for a laugh, which would be fantastic. No, it had to say something about the Heat's mindset, too. All of SportsCenter was like this, and yes, the Harlem Shake received infinitely more coverage than the record setting Chicago Blackhawks.
Here's a clip from this morning's SportsCenter of Hannah Storm loving the Heat's Shake and then Sage Steele getting "analysis" from Herm Edwards and Seth Greenberg. I really do feel sorry for Herm Edwards, who now seems to appear on SportsCenter as a character actor that can celebrate birthdays, talk about viral dances, and offer motivational speeches.
Just watch Herm and Seth shimmy on set and you can actually pinpoint the moment SportsCenter died.
This is what SportsCenter has become, the flagship program of ESPN slowly evaporating into the daytime abyss. Soon Kathie Lee and Hoda will host the 10 AM ET hour and none will be the wiser.
@SquirrelQueen @espn @SportsCenter Strongly agree. What crap. Maybe talk more about the hockey season, instead of a basketball team dancing?
@awfulannouncing And you’ll soon be repeating the 3rd grade after an inexcusable grammatical error at the outset of your column… “I’ve ran”?
@awfulannouncing How dare you...they are just giving this whole Harlem shake kerfuffle the Tebow treatment. #harlemshakemania.
.@awfulannouncing They even have an ESPN Bio Blast for it too. See -------------> http://t.co/0LxR7Wtm0j
I don't think this is that bad. I mean they have 6 hours to fill. If it is just a 2-minute filler, big deal. Is it corny? Yes. But I don't think it is up there in the Skip Bayless trolling world. The morning sportscenter is more off beat and I think of it like a morning show you see local TV where it is all sorts of garbage.
@awfulannouncing now that Tebow is irrelavant, ESPN has to fill their mindless air time breaking down an overplayed Internet sensation
All the more reason I can't stand ESPN, can't they air like a tape-delay track and field event or world's strongest man?