Don't tell the folks at ESPN that Fox Sports 1 has all the fun! Just watch how SportsCenter welcomed the national holiday that is Opening Day in the NFL this morning. Their very own voiceover guy did NFL style introductions for anchors Kevin Negandhi and Sara Walsh, Herm Edwards, Adam Schefter, and Brian Dawkins. There are so many highlights here, especially Adam Schefter doing his best Ray Lewis dance.
Then there was Walsh going for a high-ten when Negandhi would only give her a high-five.
Now check out the full video...
It's ridiculous, yes, but in a fun, campy sort of way.
Maybe if there's one good thing about Fox Sports 1's arrival, it's ESPN loosening up a little bit and having actual fun instead of dressing up Barry Melrose as Santa Clause and calling it "comedy."
I think ESPN is more excited for the NFL season to begin than NFL Network themselves. ESPN is pretty much all NFL all the time nowadays (like most other networks), so they should be genuinely excited to have real games to talk about instead of make believe stories like Colin Kaepernick being the greatest quarterback of all-time.
Your move, Andy Roddick.
UPDATE: Both Walsh and Negandhi were good sports about the epic high-five mixup:
@awfulannouncing Dawkins absolutely kills it.
@awfulannouncing i see Brian Dawkins is still on steroids...
@StubitsCBS Agree. It's a rare day I watch Sportscenter, either, tho mainly that started cuz of their pitiful NHL coverage.
@awfulannouncing that high five is just painful to watch
@JeremyWGR I didnt have the sound on, who said it was supposed to be the RL dance? Just the article? Looked like his own original take off
@awfulannouncing ESPN is the reason sports has lost a lot of its luster. They're the TMZ of sports minus the fun and laughs.
@JeremyWGR Such an awful attempt at the Ray Lewis squirrel dance. The Kevin Negandhi high five into Sara Walsh's head was good though.
@awfulannouncing Did you notice all of the RG III jerseys in attendance?? 3!