I never thought it would come to this. I always flip to ESPN because the news is too depressing. I’ve been a subscriber to The Mag for as long as I can remember. But the time has come. I’m sick of yelling at the TV, “I don’t care! Move on!” I’m boycotting ESPN because I’m over it. I’m SO sick of hearing about A-Rod. The Hernandez investigation. Ryan Braun. And now Riley Cooper. Hey SportsCenter, isn’t there anything else you should be sharing with us right now? Or are you having too much fun beating a dead horse?
It seems that ESPN has a fetish with bad dudes. And dudes the rest of us don’t care about. A-Rod? Not a good guy. Ryan Braun? Bad dude. Hernandez? Clearly a bad dude. Mark Sanchez? Don’t care. Tim Tebow? Don’t care. You get the picture. Why are these names consistently shoved in our faces when we really don’t give a crap?!? I don’t care that police are searching that lake in Connecticut again. I don’t want to hear about his violent past. It just reminds us how many people turned a blind eye for the sake of winning. Just tell me when it’s over; tell me that (hopefully) justice has been served and he’s in jail for life. Can you imagine what Odin Lloyd’s family goes through, seeing Hernandez get so much media attention day after day? It makes me sick.
Alex Rodriguez. Please just go away! No need for a rant here, so suffice it to say I’ve never been a fan. I really, really don’t care what his lawyers are planning or who he bought off. Just tell me when it’s over. Ryan Braun? He let a ton of people down and tried to blame everything on some poor lab employee. Shameful. I’m so sick of hearing about millionaire athletes acting like dummies (Justin Blackmon, Yovani Gallardo, Gilbert Arenas: I’m looking at you). I want to hear about professional athletes acting like professional athletes and being good role models. Why don’t we hear more about Drew Brees’s foundation? No, we have to focus on the tip he left at a restaurant last week. What about this awesome story about Roger Federer? Can’t we get an update on Steve Gleason or Johnathan Taylor? No? Marcus Vick’s tweets are way more important? Oh, my bad. Seriously, ESPN you make me sick.
It also seems that ESPN doesn’t know when to quit. Tebow “mania” would have never even been “mania” in the first place if it weren’t for ESPN. Kaepernick wants to wear a Dolphins hat? Good for him. We shouldn’t care, and we definitely don’t need to hear hours of “expert” opinion on it. And Johnny Manziel. Poor thing. He’s a young college kid with too much attention; let’s get over it and move on. If I were him, I’d drink, too.
Will my boycott last? We’ll see. I’m sure I’ll tune in again in the near future. Especially because it’s going to be difficult to get my Colts fix while living on the west coast (yes, I did get sick of hearing about Peyton Manning’s neck injury, too, thank you.). So I’ll watch for a while and then be disappointed all over again during the NBA playoffs next year when ESPN gives the Pacers a whole 2 seconds of exposure. Sigh.