Thursday, July 19, 2007

SI drops the gloves with ESPN

I never felt a need to comment on the ESPN non-phenomenon "Who's Now?" simply because everyone had already verbalized my thoughts. But it appears that S.I. has decided to join the fray, in more ways than one.

It has been rumored now for some time that S.I. has been lagging far behind the WorldWide Leader, as evidenced by their inability to attract certain writers (J.A. Adande comes to mind). My attitude has always been: S.I. should go the complete opposite direction and just start covering sports on a bare-bones basis without all the extra frill that ESPN dresses them with so as to provide a definitively separate option.

Well, I wouldnt say they exactly followed by advice, but they certainly arent holding back any punches. Frank DeFord has an article on today about the irritating fusion of the sports and celebrity worlds. An if you turn to page 20 of your latest Sports Illustrated, you can see a scathing satirical piece by Charlie Leerhsen that just rips ESPN to no end. I can't even pick one quote to pick out because the whole thing is just a beautiful hatchet job. Pick up a copy and see how SI is fighting the good fight for everyone concerning Who's Now.

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Max Perilstein said...

Guys- as a transplanted Pittsburgher living in Michigan- I appreciate your blog.

The Who's Now debacle... its doing exactly what ESPN wants... making people talk... its the old adage of it doesn't matter that people are talking bad- at least they are talking...

That said it is putrid TV- almost as bad as watching Jason Bay these days.

Keep up the good work.

Sam said...

Thanks Max, glad we could help out.

I agree with you that talking about it only gives it more publicity, but I also think this is one of the rare times where everyone, not just people in the blogging community, are really giving them a hard time. I'm enjoying it to a certain extent.

But you're right, the best thing to do would to be ignore it. I bet by the time it gets down to the last few athletes no one will be mentnioning it at all. Hopefully.