Funny, I’m now tagging all my posts with these words.
I barely watch the channel anymore, the exception being when they broadcast an actual sporting event I want to see. The “news” and analysis they provide, however, have devolved to scripted “heroes vs. heels” level garbage. It was first noticeable on shows like First Take and Around the Horn, which by their nature required their analysts to take contrarian positions. Apparently the formula of arguing completely unsupportable, illogical positions to drum up ratings by creating false debates was successful as it has now permeated every level of the network’s broadcasts.
I happened to turn on one of their pre NFL Draft shows while killing ten minutes last night waiting for a film to start on another channel. They were discussing Johnny Manziel, an incredibly polarizing player. He’s had great success in college but there is no guarantee that he will excel at the pro level; a great deal has been written and said on the matter. Merril Hoge came on with an extremely negative take on the player and within a few sentences it became blatantly obvious that he wasn’t offering honest analysis but rather arguing a scripted narrative.
He bagan by dismissing Manziel’s college stats as “nothing special”. Quite the contrary, Manziel’s college stats are excellent. I’m not talking about advanced metrics that take a PhD to figure out here, but simply the selected measurements that give the best proof of success. Completion percentage, particularly when under pressure. Number of completions on (in order of importance): mid-range, long and then short throws. Number of games played. These are simple observations and things where Manziel was second only to Bridgewater, ahead of Bortles, and very far ahead of David Carr. I wasn’t sure if Hoge was a complete idiot or simply following a script.
What convinced me of the latter, however, was watching Merril break down game film. He brought up a play where Manziel had trips left at the line of scrimmage. Receiver one ran a down and out and was well covered. Receiver three ran a crossing pattern and was covered. Receiver two ran five yards, broke and turned to face the QB square on. This is where Hoge stops the play and exclaims “A-ha! See, this is where Manziel fails. Receiver two is clearly open and that’s where the ball should go. Instead Manziel panics and relies on his feet and that’s why he’ll never succeed in the NFL”.
Unfortunately Hoge is completely and utterly full of shit. The safety had the play clocked and was creeping up on Receiver two from about five yards out. Manziel throws him the ball and best case scenario has Receiver two pissing blood for a week after taking a crushing hit from the safety. Worst case it’s an Earl Thomas level player at safety and he picks the ball and runs it back for six. This is not advanced analysis, but rather the most basic football. Hoge cannot possibly be that stupid. No one can. Fucking Derek Anderson could have made that read. It’s a shame that it’s come to this but if you watch ESPN for anything but game broadcasts then you’re a chump. They are selling you canned entertainment, not sports.
Today I fed Harper:
Wholefat Plain Yogurt w Chia Seeds mixed in
shredded Kobe beef
Kale/Green apple puree
Everything organic. Never in my life, not at her age or any other, have I eaten that healthily.