ESPN's 'Winners Bracket': The Best Sports Show on Television!

Carlos G GironContributor IIIJuly 31, 2010

ESPN's “Winners Bracket,” the new, 60-minute highlight-driven series, hosted by ESPN SportsNation co-host Michelle Beadle and ESPN contributor and former NFL All-Pro Marcellus Wiley, is a "hat trick", a "grand slam," a "golazo!", you get my point!

The show is one hour of non-stop sports highlights filled with the good humor, energy, enthusiasm and goofiness of its witty hosts, Ms. Beadle and Mr. Wiley.

The show is such a joy to watch for a variety of reasons. 


First, its the charisma of the hosts. Ms. Beadle exudes non-stop energy, good humor, terrific smiles, easy laughter and great knowledge of a variety of sports.


For us male sports fans, she is our “dream woman,” sports savvy, dynamic, funny and beautiful.


Mr. Wiley is such a great sidekick. He manages to keep up with Ms. Beadle's good natured pranks, tricks and traps and is always able to escape unscathed! His sense of humor and good sport attitude helps the show retain its easy, fun and casual feel.


Nothing is taken seriously on the show, except the mandate to celebrate sports and to have fun!


Then there are the highlights and the lowlights all delivered with great images, sound and graphics. Terrific production quality.


If you want to see the best sports highlights and lowlights of the week and laugh a ton with the entire family, from your 5 year-old to your grandma, or have a great time with friends, or just want to laugh alone to your heart's content, ESPN's “Winners Bracket” is your show!


It is also important to note that in these tough economic times, it is very considerate and kind of the Disney Company to choose to broadcast some ESPN programming on its free broadcast network, ABC.


The fact is that many families are cutting down on unnecessary expenses and that often includes canceling their cable television subscriptions.


The new ESPN Sports Saturday two-hour block on ABC is a welcomed gift to sports fans that cannot afford to pay for cable.


The ESPN Sports Saturday programming block on ABC is beginning to remind many of us of certain age of the grand old “Wide World of Sports” program on ABC that ran from 1961 to 1998 and was hosted by the legendary sportscaster Jim McKay.


The “Wide World of Sports” introductory tag line read by Mr. McKay was: “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport! The thrill of victory...and the agony of defeat! The human drama of athletic competition! This is ABC's Wide World of Sports!”


Oh, what a thrill it was just hear those words and watch the terrific sporting images that accompanied it.


The ESPN Sports Saturday programming block is not quite as dramatic or thorough as “Wide World of Sports” used to be, but it is sure nice to have it. I hope these broadcasts continue and grow. All sports fans, and particularly those are cash-strapped, certainly appreciate it.


Besides “Winners Bracket,” the ESPN Sports Saturday block also typically includes ESPN Films 30 for 30 documentary series, E:60 news magazine or the athlete interview series Homecoming with Rick Reilly.


Fans that want to connect with “Winners Bracket” to express their opinions, make suggestions and engage on some sports debate, can contact the show via social media including Facebook (Winners Bracket), Twitter (@Winners_Bracket, @ESPN_Michelle, @marcelluswiley) and YouTube (ABCWinnersBracket).


I am currently in the market for car tires. All tire companies look the same to me. Besides pricing, not much else is makes a difference in my eyes. Now that I learned that Michelin is a major sponsor of “Winners Bracket,” that might just be what gives them the edge.


A Primacy™ MXV4® looks good. No, wait. A Pilot® Exalto® A/S looks good, too, plus it's cheaper. In this economy, cutting your cable subscription, looking for cheap tires and doing all you can to save money, is a good thing.


Good thing that does not necessarily mean foregoing ESPN programming!