Reading Those Guys Have All The Fun reminded me how much I used to enjoy ESPN, and how much the network has contributed—positively—to the coverage of sports on television. But it also reminded me of how much more entertaining ESPN was when it was catering to its dozen or so weird niches by showing logging competitions at 3 a.m. instead of yet another SportsCenter repeat. In those early days, the staff was making up the rules on the fly.... For the first 15 or so years, right through that early-’90s peak, ESPN had an infectious fannish side that made the whole world of sports seem more fun. These days, perhaps driven by that overabundance of bosses, the network is making sports seem too much like a day at the office.Added: Someone may be buying the film rights.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
DAN PATRICK AND I USED TO HAVE FART WARS UPSTAIRS. WE'D TYPE IN OUR LITTLE CUBICLES, THEN GO DOWN TO THE NEWSROOM AND DO BATTLE... I WAS MORE ABOUT SOUND; HE WAS MORE ABOUT FURY: That's from ESPN anchor Gary Miller as part of Those Guys Have All The Fun, the new oral history of the network by Shales and Miller that I believe many of us have been reading of late. Noel Murray notes, however, and I tend to agree:
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