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It’s been so long since I’ve let out a piece of my mind, let alone a piece of anything, on this blog, but I honestly can’t keep this bottled up. Last night Kevin Durant had an explosive dunk against the Warriors in which, afterward, he mimed a throat slit and then ‘prayed.’ After the game he explained the gesture, “kill em and pray for em.”
This morning on Fox News…I’m sorry, ESPN’s First Take, there was an actual discussion on whether or not it was ‘over the line.’ Now the fact that this was even debated is ludicrous, but an accurate reflection of the show and the direction ESPN is headed with the exception of a few (Simmons, Lowe, pretty much any Grantland contributor).
Skip Bayless and every NBA’s players BFF, Stephen A. Smith are a disgrace to sports journalism. Now when they try to defend each other, they often like to say “we’ve worked hard to get where we are and people would kill to do what we do.” Well yes guys, that is true. However, a casual sports fan COULD do what you do. Do you take pride in that? The fact that because you caught breaks and put in work, you’re now on a national stage to debate puff pieces? I, personally, would be embarrassed that all my hard work had resulted in weak journalism that is spoon fed to the masses.
My biggest problem is that none of their arguments or opinions hold water. They are to be taken at face value, and from the looks of it, that’s all they care to give. I have never taken a journalism course in my life, BUT as an English major I felt like I wrote more essays than T.S. Eliot (nerd joke) and one of the most important things I learned is this, IF YOU GIVE AN OPINION, YOU BETTER HAVE SOME KIND OF EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THAT OPINION OTHERWISE IT IS REFUTABLE. The fact that this show is still on the air, which I’m assuming people only watch to make themselves mad, is nothing short of a miracle. How dare these men try to call out someone like Jalen Rose, Lebron James, or Kevin Durant. If it weren’t for these guys doing what they do, you’d be out of a job. Instead of doing actual research, you model your style after the likes of TMZ. You wonder why some guys you badmouth don’t come on to stick up for themselves? It’s because they’d rather speak to someone more credible then you.