I wrote a piece last year for the BTFL about how ESPN, on its national broadcasts, would give us as football viewers a slanted view of the game.
I was mad that a team sport became one where they focused on one player per team and elevated said player to the level of demigod, deity or supreme being.
One quote in particular stuck out when re-reading the piece..
They are not providing us viewers with an honest take on the game. What they are doing is helping the NFL create star power by constantly and consistently praising or damning certain position players. They will NOT let us as the viewer use our own eyes and brains to see who’s doing well and who isn’t. They are merely puppets with a script, who make sure to get some talking points across during the telecast without leaving too much drool and slobber on their headsets.
Apparently little has changed since last year.
If you’ve been tuning into ESPN to get your sports information, you’ve seen that the coverage of the NFL this season is skewed. Position players will get some shine but ..
Who do we focus on this season?
Nothing but quarterbacks.
It’s a quarterback’s league.
And ESPN will not let us forget that, because on a daily basis, all I hear about is that ONE position on the field.
No contest. ….The QBs get all the pub.
We’ve got one game in the books for this 2012 season. The Dallas Cowboys came to East Rutherford, NJ and got a win against the Giants. 24-17. New York was a little rusty in the pass game, couldn’t maintain a consistent presence in the run game and got the ball slung all over their secondary due to injury and some good audibles by Tony Romo.
Why is it, that one day later, all I hear about is how this game was the best game Tony Romo has played in his life? About how Tony Romo put the team on his back….Tony this, Tony that…
I understand that Tony Romo had himself a whale of a game. He had very good numbers: 22-29 for 307 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 INT. I watched the entire game and saw that he did some good things out there on the field. Scrambling outside of the pocket to make some pinpoint throws on the run, making audibles @ the line of scrimmage to take advantage of the NYG corners and overcoming some inconsistencies on the O-line.
Dallas did have contributions from other people…
DeMarco Murray, whose 131 yards helped soften up the Giants run D in the 2nd half…
Kevin Ogletree’s 8 catches , 114 yards and 2TDs? Apparently that performance only matters for fantasy purposes…..
Dez Bryant’s 4 catches for 85 yards, where he softened up the secondary and worked over Corey Webster like an illegal immigrant off the books?
The Dallas defense?
This is a consistent issue going forward and I think it’s only going to get worse as the season goes forward.
Every team used to get reduced to it’s star player but now the the star player has been already designated for us. That way, there can be no confusion.
Broncos? Peyton Manning. (He’s Back!!!)
Giants? Eli Manning. (He’s a Champion!!!)
Eagles? Michael Vick. (He’s Injury Prone BUT Electric!!!)
Seahawks? Russell Wilson. (He’s Short just like Drew Brees!!! He’s overcome his height!! Let’s not mention he’s black though!!! Don’t want any problems!!! We saw what happened when we talked about Jeremy Lin!!)
….and the list goes on and on and on…..
Some days I just want to roll up into ESPN HQ in Bristol , CT and make some “adjustments”…………
I’ll do my best to ignore this media spin as the season continues but I just felt compelled to bring this topic up to my fellow GMs and voice my opinion.
Thanks for reading!
(Feel free to comment, if you want to add your two cents.)
And I’m gone…