Lots of people have criticized ESPN for fixating on only certain sports stories/players and then hyping and covering them until you can no longer stand to hear about them. With the summer winding down and the first NFL Preseason game now in the books (and Fantasy Football drafts about to commence), let’s take a look back at some of the most annoying sports stories from this summer.
1. Baseball. Yes, even with baseball being the main sport that is in-season, it still doesn’t seem to generate a lot of excitement. You would think that with as many games as there are (including the All-Star game), they would be able to seize the spotlight. But it seems that the main story lines that baseball has managed to generate have been of the off-the-field, scandal variety (see #2).
2. PEDS. This is a big story, especially in baseball. I get it; it should be covered because it is important and involves some big names (Ryan Braun and A-Rod). But what is really annoying is the way in which it is covered. People are acting as if they are shocked that there is still PED use in baseball (when it has nearly always been there and will probably always be there). It is hugely incentivized (with pretty minimal punishments) and it used in nearly every sector of society. I also find it rather shocking that people find it strange that athletes lie about using PEDs when asked. We just expect that they will tell us all the truth as soon as anyone asks…really?! The outrage of “He lied to us about it for weeks/months/years!” is absolutely ridiculous. Of course they are going to tell us that they aren’t using until they are caught with indisputable evidence!
3. Johnny “Football” Manziel. The guy who won last year’s Heisman Trophy has been in the news for a number of reasons. Actually, he has been in the news for nearly everything he’s done all summer. Tweets. Deleted tweets. Seats at the NBA Finals. Playing golf. Partying. Missing practice. More partying. Interviews. Frat parties. Visiting rappers. Johnny Football has been the story this summer. ESPN has followed his every move. I am sick and tired of hearing about him and what he is doing. I do not need a play by play of his life. I have had enough Johnny Football. And I hate that he is called Johnny Football. I will be extremely happy when college football season kicks off and we get to actually watch and hear about other teams and players (though make no mistake, his every move on and off the field will still be analyzed).
4. The Big 3’s possible break-up. Remember the NBA Finals…we have to go back to the beginning of the summer for that one. But if you recall, the Heat won their second straight title in their third straight trip to the Finals. But the storyline during the last couple of games of the Finals and at least a few weeks following the Heat’s victory was whether or not the Big 3 should be broken up. “Do they still have what it takes to win?” As they were in the midst of winning a title. And it continued on after they had won the title. Now I get it that there are some salary cap considerations coming up, but come on…
4a. What team will be the most attractive for LeBron’s free agency that won’t happen until 2014. He just won a second straight title with the Heat. Let it rest for just a bit.
5. Dwight Howard and LA. What was Dwight going to do? Where would he end up? Were he and Kobe incompatible? Was he not made for the bright lights of LA? Will he ever be able to lead a team to a championship? Would he have stayed had Phil Jackson been the coach? All of these questions and more were asked for a long time. The Dwight Howard saga lasted too long and was over-hyped and over-analyzed (I guess we should have expected that). I really don’t think that he meant for it to end up like that, but with little else to cover, ESPN had plenty of resources and time to devote to Dwight. He finally elected to go to Houston (which I think was a great place for him). Good luck, Dwight. I am actually pulling for you to do well.
What do you think? Other sports stories that you have had enough of this summer? Will the start of football finally get us past some of these annoying stories?