Colin Cowherd and ESPN: I Don't Need Bill O'Reily for Sports

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2009

ESPN might have officially created the worst television program on their network with the premiere of their new show: SportsNation.

SportsNation is a cheap spin-off of Around the Horn, which is a cheap spin-off of Pardon the Interruption. In other words, it's Division III entertainment. Nobody is watching.

The true pain of the show starts at the top with the 'hosts' of the show. Colin Cowherd, pictured above, and Michelle Beadle. 

Cowherd as some may know, is the Bill O'Reily of sports radio. If you do not agree with him, you are under-educated, or simply have an IQ of "salad dressing."

Cowherd is so well 'educated' that he knew what killed Sean Taylor (Gangs) and why wrestler Eddie Guerrero's death was not news-worthy, simply because Cowherd didn't know who he was.

Cowherd's job on the show is simply one of a talking head, realizing that co-host Beadle has no true opinion regarding any subject.  All Beadle's job entails is the introduction of a one-sided comment that Cowherd simply gets to call right or wrong.

The worst part of this show is the fact that the 'opinions' or 'questions' that are brought up from fans are completely off-topic. Does it matter if the Dallas Cowboys are "America's Team?" or if LeBron James getting dunked on is worth watching? Why can we not talk about current happenings in sports?

This show had to have been built by simply having a bunch of questions posed to fans and then randomly drawn out with no rhyme or reason.

How about coming back from a commercial break and asking what their favorite winter sport is? Why would I care what the 'nation's' favorite winter sport was in the middle of the Summer? Or what the 'fans' favorite Michael Jackson song is? Jacko did not play sports...Ever!

SportsNation is an absolute joke, something that no sports fan could honestly sit through and say, "Wow, I'm glad I am enjoying this ESPN program."

The worst part is how Michelle Beadle gives female journalists a terrible name, with her style of 'hosting.' Beadle's cries of "Oh My Goodness! (Valley Girl Style) or AHHH!!! in the same style makes for a host whose opinion you can not truly consider reliable.

The fact is that ESPN and 'Celebreality' are not supposed to be entangled. ESPN is for sports fans, while E! Entertainment is for the celebrity life. I can only hope that a show like this will fail like "Cold Pizza," (2003-2007) a morning show in the same mold.

If you ever have a free minute in your day to catch ESPN's SportsNation, do yourself a favor and pass. You'll be embarrassed as a sports fan, and even more embarrassed if you are a woman in the field of journalism.  It's a shame that this show has even lasted two days.

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