- Last Updated: 4:54 AM, August 17, 2012
- Posted: 12:13 AM, August 17, 2012
Espn has become that 1952 “I Love Lucy” episode, when Lucy and Ethel are hired to wrap candies that spill onto a conveyor belt. The candy ends up in their pockets, in their mouths, on the floor. Just a big, ridiculous mess.
Sixty years later, ESPN plays the role of that conveyor belt. It habitually seizes the big names in sports and beats you silly with them. Brett Favre (then Aaron Rodgers), LeBron James, Terrell Owens, Dwight Howard, Jerry Jones.
And now, Tim Tebow.
Tuesday’s 1 p.m. “SportsCenter,” long lost as a valued stop, was a reenactment of that Lucy episode.
ESPN’s, left-side vertical topic list included six items. The first was, “Happy 25th Tim Tebow.” The sixth was, “Tebow’s Birthday.”
On the main part of the screen, ostensibly used to show movement — sports action, even — as opposed to reading what’s on the screen, images from Jets camp appeared.
There was more to read. The images were of teenaged girls holding signs wishing Tim Tebow a happy 25th birthday. The graphic beneath made for more reading: “Jets’ QB Tim Tebow Celebrates 25th Birthday.”
So there you go. ESPN, near the top of SportsCenter, covered the same “big,” non-story four times — at the same time.
Too much candy, all at once, makes a gooey mess. Makes you sick, too.
It was ESPN, not NBC, that presented the most ridiculous Olympic TV moments.
Early in the Games, “Pardon the Interruption” hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon issued “spoiler alerts,” suggestions, early in the shows, that viewers who didn’t want to know that day’s results from London now turn away for a few minutes while the results were being discussed.
Nice, viewer-friendly touch.
One problem, though: As these alerts were being spoken, and throughout PTI, Olympics results appeared on the ESPN crawl along the bottom of the screen.
* Well, Cablevision finally cleared NFL Network, thus good news, bad news: Thursday night football, invented by the NFL for NFLN — there was no previous demand for Thursday night games — and a sure boost in Cablevision subscriber fees.
Turns out what Cablevision represented as a concocted, short-season network no one much wanted and no one should be forced to pay for, is now a network that many really wanted and for which now all will be forced to pay.
But that’s the Dolanvision way. And now the NFL’s way, too!
Of course, had Cablevision owned even a tiny piece of the NFLN, it would’ve been cleared from the network’s start.
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