Skip Bayless will soon appear on Awful Announcing's Mount Rushmore to commemorate his "visceral unctuousness" as Erik Malinowski so expertly put it in this guest column. For Bayless to gain almost 50% of Tuesday's vote against the likes of Chris Berman, Craig James (yes, that Craig James), and Matt Millen is a testament to his unique brand of corrupted punditry over the last year.
Now, there are many who will say this is exactly what Bayless wants. By criticizing Bayless, one promotes his work and gives him some sick twisted sense of satisfaction. There's a burgeoning cry to "don't feed the troll" and pretend that Bayless doesn't exist and isn't being promoted by ESPN at every turn.
This is as much fantasy as Bayless' punditry.
Skip Bayless is a real force in the sports world... for all the wrong reasons. He brings ratings, he brings buzz, he has a committed following, and ESPN has made the decision that any publicity is good publicity and Skip's embracing of debate brings them any publicity first and foremost.
I fundamentally disagree with this notion.
We need Skip Bayless on our Mount Rushmore and we need to continue to call out his antics to hold First Take and ESPN accountable for dumbing down our sports culture and bringing out the worst in sports. I'd much rather call a spade a spade and exert energy exposing Skip Bayless' most recent dumpster fire of a mega-column on LeBron James than be a complicit bystander and allow it to fester unfiltered. Why? Because we should demand better.
Let me clear one thing up before we take a dive into the dark abyss that is the written word of Skip Bayless. I root against LeBron James. I abhor The Decision and what he did to the Cavaliers. But, he doesn't deserve 4,247 words of self-gratifying, non-sensical, baseless information to be written about him by a company that calls themselves the worldwide leader in sports.
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