Much has been made of the epidemic of debates and debate shows infesting sports. ESPN has 17,000 debate shows on air every day debating the same topics over and over again. You can vote for debate winners on SportsCenter and seemingly every pregame and postgame show features more yelling and debating than discussing and analyzing. And, just to break out from all the noise - one either has to simply scream louder or take such an obnoxiously absurd point of view that you can't help but be noticed.
This constant 24/7 argument coarsens the sports culture and dumbs us down to our lowest common denominator. (See: First Take) But, the masses just happened to be entertained by our lowest common denominator. It's an unfortunate truth of humanity - we like going to races for the car crashes. We're an imperfect species just waiting for something better to replace us on the evolutionary chain. Since ratings go up for debate shows and debate segments, more debates are shoehorned onto television. (See: Numbers Never Lie, a statistics show that turned into another debate show.) It's not exclusive to sports - just turn it on any cable news channel and you'll see the same thing.
So when I watched this staged debate between ESPN's bewildering pairing of Lou Holtz and Mark May from College Football Final this weekend, I realized this was the epitome of the sports debate epidemic. This segment was symbolic of where we're at as a whole in sports.
It's not pretty.
Observe if you dare, and then we'll break it down...no comments