I always thought the low point for SportsCenter during my lifetime would be the Tim Tebow birthday celebration from this past August. It was a perfect intergalactic collision of awful television. There was anchors, reporters, and analysts wishing Tebow a happy birthday like crazed stalkers, Sage Steele (ironically?) referring to Tebow's b-day as breaking news, a total abandonment of any sort of objectivity about the world around them... and of course, Herm Edwards and Marcellus Wiley wearing party hats and blowing kazoos.
I always thought that would be the moment SportsCenter jumped the shark, for lack of a better idiom. That day would always serve as the prototype for ESPN's zeal for ratings and buzz and celebrity and "what's now" trumping all sense of perspective.
Then Billy Crystal anchored the 6 PM ET SportsCenter on December 19th, 2012.
And I had to rethink my previous stance.no comments