The sad, slow death of SportsNation is taking place. At least, that's how I see it.
Deadspin reports the lucky lady pegged to take over for Michelle Beadle when she leaves ESPN is none other than Charissa Thompson.
Michelle Beadle is leaving the network to take on wider-ranging subjects for NBC. I wish her the best, but fear for a program that I just can't get enough of.
SportsNation may have its detractors, but I love the format, the light-hearted debates and Michelle Beadle.
This isn't a knock on Thompson—but she will not be Beadle.
Doomsday does have a date we can mark on our calendars.
At that point, ESPN will replace one Beadle with another—at least, that is how some people see it.
From the Deadspin report: "Of course, Thompson has her skeptics—people who say she's getting tapped merely because … well, she 'kinda looks like Beadle,' as one Bristol source put it."
That's a bit unfair to Thompson, who has already co-hosted the show in the past. Thompson worked at Versus and as a sideline reporter for Fox before heading to the "Worldwide Leader" 11 months ago, where she is the co-host of Numbers Never Lie.
Still, I see an uphill battle for a woman that does indeed have the same look as the departing Beadle, but will no doubt offer her own unique spin and wit. I just don't think going with the doppelganger strategy was a smart move in this case.
This is not without some interesting subplots.
The gig will not go to Erin Andrews, whose contract is set to expire. As the report notes, she is getting very little attention from outside the network and now sees a lucrative job go to Thompson.
Aside from that, there are thoughts the show may be re-tooled and even Colin Cowherd may now leave for some other vehicle within ESPN.
Does Thompson have the talent to keep this thing afloat? I have no clue, but I am hopeful.
The day is already filled with shouting heads and testosterone-filled debates. SportsNation is that little touch of whimsy that we can all use.
It's times like these that I wonder why this mess couldn't happen to First Take.
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