2010 Review: 10 Things ESPN and The Media Have Made Us Hate

John SmithCorrespondent IIDecember 25, 2010

2010 Review: 10 Things ESPN and The Media Have Made Us Hate

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    PHOENIX - DECEMBER 23:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks to pass around Jared Dudley #3 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on December 23, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Heat defeated the Suns 95-83.  NOTE TO USER: User exp
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    ESPN is the world-wide leader is sports, and for good reason. But sometimes, they simply make us hate athletes, as well as other sports based on over-coverage. Sportscenter will shove down your throat the fact that Brett Favre sneezed down in Mississippi. They will cover and break news every time LeBron James ties his shoes. They will say that Jimmie Johnson is ruining NASCAR. Basically, they just make us hate athletes. And was there even a decision for number one, read and find out.

    This is meant to be read and enjoyed, not to be taken seriously. Here is a list of the top 10 athletes that ESPN and the Media has made us hate in 2010.

10. World Cup Soccer

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    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 11: Mark Van Bommel of the Netherlands tackles Carles Puyol of Spain during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Afr
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    Okay, some of you may like soccer, but the rest of us don't. We would prefer to hear about the New England Patriot's mini-camp than watch even a highlight of a soccer game. America doesn't like soccer and we never will, so stop trying to shove it down our throats.

    We. Don't Care.

    The flops, the bad calls, and the fact that it's not interesting. Every time we watch it we are reminded about how bad of a sport it is. It is flat-out boring.

    There is only one reason why America got excited about the World Cup. It was excuse for us to go to a bar in the middle of the day and drink to our country being better than other countries. Well, I guess not because we lost, but we still had the experience. We didn't want to hear about it when we went back home.

    Okay, I don't like soccer, but the coverage ESPN gives it is undeserved. I get it happens every four years, and it deserves some notice, but that doesn't give you the right to ruin a month of television.

9. Skip Bayless

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    Cold Pizza host Skip Bayless on the ESPN set in Miami, Florida on February 1, 2007. (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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    Like, is there anything that comes out of his mouth that is even remotely informative, entertaining, or well-thought out. No. I mean, the only thing he does is bash people. INSERT LeBron James line here.

    Is there anything worse than watching highlights on Sportscenter for the fifth time in the morning, only to flip over to First Take and hear him speak.

    Skip, stick to writing, I don't know how good you are at it, at least I know when I see your name at the top of the article, I won't read it, it's hard to ignore you on ESPN.

    Granted I don't like him because of the lack of respect he gives my team, the Falcons. But come on, you have to admit this guy is awful. ESPN putting him on their network each and every day at this point is embarrassing. There is nothing worse than that segment "1st and 10" and Skip Bayless makes it borderline unwatchable.

8. Danica Patrick

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 14:  Race car driver Danica Patrick arrives at the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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    This has been a long time coming. Like seriously, okay, she's a chick, and she's hot. But that's about it. She gets in a race car every weekend only to drive for hours making the same three or four left turns. How hard can it be.

    I am not a fan of NASCAR, I know that it is a little more difficult than it seems. But this chick hasn't won ANYTHING. She may of won a race or two, but ESPN we don't care about her. All sports fans care about is what she looks like.

    We, as sports fans, want to see her, we don't want to hear her or anything that is said about her. She could be a pole-vaulter for all that matters, and she would still get the same amount of respect. We get enough of her on those GoDaddy commercials anyways.

7. The World Series Of Poker

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    LAS VEGAS - JUNE 17:  Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo participates in the NHL Charity Shootout at the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 17, 2009.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    Is there anything worse than watching a bad football game on Monday night, and flipping to ESPN to see them re-air the World Series of Poker. I mean come on, it's not even a sport, and don't even try to tell me that it is. I mean, the commentary is awful, I could do a better job.

    I got an idea ESPN. You now have 30, hour-long segments that you ran as part of 30 for 30, some of them are two hours and you also have E:60. Why don't you use them?

    Poker isn't something that I want to see when I am done watching a blow-out football game. And it isn't something that I want to watch regardless. Bottom line, is the only people that watch that show are 35, living in their parents basement, and are playing poker on-line while watching this show. That is of course, if they aren't playing XBOX.

6. Connecticut Women's Basketball

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    TAMPA, FL - APRIL 06:  Candice Wiggins #11 of the Stanford Cardinal drives against Lorin Dixon #30 of the UCONN Huskies during their National Semifinal Game of the 2008 NCAA Women's Final Four at St. Pete Times Forum April 6, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Pho
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    89 games, 89 games is something that has never been done in the history of anything. It hasn't happened in any sport, any division, any league, ever, in the history of sports.This is very, very impressive, and the lack of coverage and inability for it to be put in the right context is borderline wrong.

    Now, my church league basketball team is currently on a 76 game winning streak right now. We haven't lost in 7 years. Now, that might come to an end next Saturday when we play St. Mary's Church of God, but you'll have to see on ESPN if we can pull that out. I think, regardless of what people say, that this streak is very impressive.

    It's not a streak that can be compared to UCLA's streak, but nothing can. 89 games is absolutely incredible. To go out, for this length of time, and to not only not have a bad game, but to never get beaten by anyone, is pretty impressive.

    ESPN is making us hate them, because they aren't giving them the respect they deserve. They aren't doing the streak justice by comparing it to UCLA's streak. They just need to let their streak stand alone, and realize that it will never happen again. This deserves its own 30 for 30 once their streak does come to an end, it is truly remarkable.

5. Jimmie Johnson

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    HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 21:  Jimmie Johnson (L), driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, poses with his wife Chandra after finishing in second place in the Ford 400 to clinch his fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on
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    Okay, second race car driver here. But for completely different reasons. Danica hasn't done anything, but Johnson has done everything. The dude has won 5 straight Championships, 5 straight. How is he ruining the sport of NASCAR?

    Last time I checked the sport isn't that popular to begin with, so how is he ruining it. He has simply been the most dominant driver in the past five years.

    For ESPN to not give him his due credit and their attempt to put him down, is simply embarrassing. Granted it is racing, and people really don't really like it, but there is no denying what he has done.

4. Pam Ward

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    Is there anything worse, than flipping to a football game, and to hear the voice of Pam Ward. It is borderline painful to listen to. When I am watching a football game, I only want to hear a women's voice in one case.

    And I think for the majority of men that watch college football, that the only female voice you want to hear during a game is from the attractive sideline reporter. Other than that, I want men talking about a man sport.

    I want people that have actually laced up the cleats, and put the actual helmets on to tell me what's going on in a football game, not a man-sounding women in Pam Ward. ESPN, when her contract is up, do us all a favor and let her go. Or at least give here a contract covering women's basketball

3. Tiger Woods

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    THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club on December 5, 2010 in Thousand Oaks, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    The last three choices weren't even hard to make. Tiger Woods comes in at number three. Like, we know what happened, but did we really need another stripper coming out from nowhere every other week saying that she slept with Tiger Woods?

    Did we really need a five-minute long interview with him where the questions were controlled by Tiger Woods?

    Did we really need that apology speech by Woods saying that was sorry for his transgressions?

    Did we really need those text messages that Tiger sent Joslyn James?

    No, we didn't, not at all. We simply got sick of the story by the beginning of last year. Who cares if he wins, who cares if he loses. We simply don't care. He is the only reason why we pay attention to golf, and if he isn't there, and he isn't winning, we don't want to hear about it. He didn't even win his own tournament when it went to a playoff.

2. Brett Favre

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates the Vikings first touchdown against the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Like, it was even a question he would be on this list. Brett Favre on the field will be known, and should be known as one of the greatest QB in the history of the NFL. But ESPN has turned him into a monster. Now Brett Favre did have a little to do with it.

    The whole teary-eyed retirement, coming out of retirement speeches, but the guy wants to play football, and he simply doesn't want to stop playing. How can you blame a guy for doing that.

    Favre didn't ask ESPN to come down to Mississippi to look at him throw during a high school practice or ride his tractor. Say what you want to about Favre, but the media has made us hate him. They will have the Mort Report on it if Brett Favre coughs or has a headache.

    This will instantly become breaking news, and the lead on Sportscenter. I love Brett Favre, 297 and a ring speaks for itself. He is a warrior, but a warrior that has now hated because of ESPN.  Brett Favre's number four will go down as one of the greatest numbers in the history of sports, and there will be no debating that.

1. Lebron James

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    PHOENIX - DECEMBER 23:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat throws chalk into the air before the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 23, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Heat defeated the Suns 95-83.  NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    This wasn't even a decision I had to make, I didn't even have to think about this. I will be taking the talents of the athlete/ team/ sport that ESPN has made us hate this year to LeBron James. The Decision I made was the easiest one that I had to make.

    It was even easier than putting Wade, Bosh, and James on the same team and saying we are going to win seven championships. The build-up to, the actual event, and the fallout of the decision made us all hate an athlete in a way that hasn't been done in a while.

    I am not going to say what LeBron James did was right. He should have told Dan Gilbert that he was leaving. And say what you want to about the actual show, butt the actual show raised over $2.5 million dollars for charity. That is a case in which we are all winners. And the bottom line is, regardless of the fact that you hated the decision and everything about it, you still watched it, and the TV ratings show that.

    You watched it because it was Breaking News that is as live as it gets. Could LeBron have handled it differently? Sure, but ESPN is the biggest culprit in making us hate the LeBrontourage.

    But it doesn't end there, LeBron, stop talking, we will all start to listen to you and respect you once you get the only thing that will judge you in the end. That, is championship rings. Jordan has 6, Kobe has 5, you have 0. Fix that, and you'll be respected.That is something that ESPN has done right.

    And everyone get over yourselves, the only games that matter are in April, May, and June in the NBA's second season. Who cares what a team looks like right now? They will all be completely different teams by that time.