While Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith get the majority of the negative publicity, Mark May and Lou Holtz's debates are just as obnoxious. Especially within the context of ESPN's otherwise very good college football coverage, the presence of these pantomime segments are all the more mystifying.
The ridiculousness was taken to a whole new level Saturday night as May and Holtz debated Texas coach Mack Brown's future after another bad loss. Holtz took the position of defending Mack Brown, because somebody's gotta do it and nobody at Longhorn Network was available for the segment. After "judge" Rece Davis "decided" against him, Holtz went berzerk, flipping his podium over and storming off the set. Here's the video via Lost Lettermen...
Here's the real question - does anybody at ESPN think this is good television or makes the network look good? Watching a 76 year old man throw a temper tantrum like a child seven decades his younger after a pretend trial? It makes Mark May look like the levelheaded one! Right now these May/Holtz segments are less effective than the Longhorn defense.
I don't take May seriously any more. He was a no show after Oho State beat Miami in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl and never had to admit he had been wrong all year. But to be honest, I was surprised, too. I think May has never gotten over the 72-0 drubbing of his beloved Panthers in 1996.
As soon as I saw this, I busted up laughing. It was hilarious. I also knew exactly how you people would react. The only people who are as predictable as the ESPN haters are wrestling fans who believe what they are told to believe. What the College Game Day Final's Courtroom is, is just a parody of Sports Talk Radio and your local beer guzzler's sports discussion. Now it's time to take your ESPN hating glasses off.
I don't have a problem with it. I mean when up one of your anchors in a judge's robe you're pretty much sending a message that the emphasis for that segment is on entertainment rather than thoughtful analysis. To me getting upset at this would be almost like getting upset at SNL's Weekend Update or the Daily Show for not covering enough hard hitting new stories. And this coming from someone's who's definitely not a fan of the direction ESPN has gone in recent years.
I think these "court" segments were okay when they started years ago but the majority of the time they have fallen flat or as in this case, seemed like amatuer theater night tryouts. I know that ESPN likes to play up "opposing" personalities but the Mark May vs Lou Holtz pairing is just awkward and increasingly annoying. We don't need manufactured conflict on our sports shows, especially on one as good as the College Football Final where you get to review another awesome day of games from around the country. Just cover the games and leave the scripted faux conflict for First Take and the insufferable Skip Bayless.
For everything ESPN does right with College Football, the disaster that is College Football Final is really disappointing. Rece Davis is awesome but May & Holtz suck. Well May is the worst...Holtz can be okay, if rarely.
It's just annoying that I went to UConn/Maryland Saturday (yes,I'm a UConn fan) so the only post-game wrapup show is College Football Final (why does Fox Sports 1 have one?) that shows highlight from everything. And the show is borderline unwatchable because of Holtz & May.
ESPN has 20 better analysts for college football that they use on ESPNU...give some other guys the spotlight and make a better show.
I've never liked the courtroom segment. It slows down the flow and energy of the program, and, usually, Mark May seems to take it personally when the 'Judge' Davis rules against him and start sulking and sputtering. Now, it's spreading to Lou Holtz. Time to take this segment behind the woodshed and put it down.
@stholeary I think the time is coming soon for Holtz to retire. He is hard to understand now and it is only getting worse. I think Mark May does well when not pushed into this contrived advisory role with Holtz. I agree that Rece Davis is solid. Good luck with UConn this season. I am a lifelong Tennessee fan and we are going through a rough time for our program. Losing sucks but with college football we always have hope for the next game or the next season.
@AndyMcIntosh It is not that serious dude. I like Final Verdict. Its entertaining. The energy of the program? What are u talking about? SMDH
@Todd Ganser and let's remember we're talking about a network that actually put Olbermann back on it's air. what level of dignity is there at ESPN?