Friday, December 14, 2007

ESPN – Getting Dumber Every Day

This is simply the stupidest exercise in the history of television.

I’m not remotely sure what ESPN is trying to achieve with its “ESPNU Championship Series” hosted by Corso and Herbstreit. Promote a playoff? If so, they may even be changing my mind as to whether a playoff is a good idea.

Corso and Herbstriet, with an air of sincere earnestness, tell us who would win between teams in their illusory playoff. They do this without a hint of shame, and with a level of certainty that is way past the point of absurdity.

For their fictitious final they have chosen Oklahoma versus USC. Oklahoma, loser to Texas Tech and Colorado, and USC, loser to Oregon and Stanford, are playing for an even faker national title than the one we have presently.

Once again, what is the point of this exercise?

I suppose we can expect Herbstreit and Corso to decide the games before the season next year. While they are at it, why not go back this season and decide that USC really did win against Stanford and Oregon?

In the end, we are virtually certain that USC will be picked to “wins it all”. What couldn't be achieved for the "BEST TEAM EVER" in reality will be acheived in fantasy. I’m sure Trojan fans will be very proud.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

No, the stupidest exercise in television is still their horrible "Now" travesty. No question that this fake tourney is insanely retarded, but at least "Who is the best college football team this year?" is a real question.

Phil said...

"I suppose we can expect Herbstreit and Corso to decide the games before the season next year. While they are at it, why not go back this season and decide that USC really did win against Stanford and Oregon?"

Corso and Herbie weren't at the head of it. But the (college football show that's on every day) crew actually did this before the season started. I don't remember what their results were, but I'm sure we can look forward to it again next year.

jimcaserta said...

The point of EVERYTHING ESPN does is to try to draw viewers. Lots of people that used to listen to Howard Stern didn't like what he said, but they listened to "hear what he would say next." Even if there were a real competitor to Gameday, would viewers choose the one that 'made the most sense' or was 'most accurate' in predictions? They'd probably choose the one that was most entertaining, and ridiculous is often entertaining.

JJ Gator said...

Jim Caserta hit the nail on the head. ESPN is only trying to capture their audience, and naturally they say thing off the cuff. Entertainment value takes precedence over substance.

Lee Corso is being paid handsomely to act like a buffoon on College Gameday (any questions as to why that one Georgia fan held up a sign saying "LEE CORSO IS A PENIS" when CG was there at the 2005 WLOCP?), but Kirk Herbstreit shot himself in the foot over that Les Miles article just before the SECCG this year.

Thank God Tony Kornheiser isn't in on this, too. Then it would be BEYOND ridiculous!

DolFan 316 said...

I'm sure it's just a coincidence that ABC and ESPN have all of a sudden come out for a playoff right after they lost the rights to all BCS games except the Rose Bowl to FOX, and that while they *did* have the rights to said games, they were just as much in favor of a playoff system as they are now, right?


Right?

Anonymous said...

My guess is that ESPN, through Corso and Herbstreit, is trying to garner ratings and earn some dough by keeping college football fans' eyes on their meager non-NFL December offerings.

It's a dumb idea, but no dumber than the BCS...though far less lucrative.