Holiday Sports Watching

-I watched some of the fourth quarter of the Poinsettia Bowl last night, which TCU won in a tight one over Boise State.  I don’t how long ESPN has been doing this, but they had something called “Interactive Tuesday” happening during the game.  For anyone who hasn’t witnessed this abomination of sports television, “Interactive Tuesday” means that throughout the game, comments from random people on the internet are scrolled across the top of the game.  This results in such amazing insights as “G-Dog2432: TCU rules!!! They should be in a BCS Conference!!!!!”.  You know when you watch a Youtube clip, and then you start reading some of the comments below the clip?  Then, after reading about four or five of them, you not only feel much dumber, but you feel angry that you just had a minute of your life stolen by the internet.  “Interactive Tuesday” is like having those comments jammed down your throat, while you try to watch a sporting event.  This is horrible and it must stop.  I’ve often defended ESPN, but they’ve gone WAY over the line here.  I just hope to God no one at Fox Sports gets wind of this….

-Speaking of ESPN, I’ll give you three guesses what they’re running a story about right now on Sportscenter on the day before Christmas.  If you didn’t guess “Philly fans booed Santa Claus”, then apparently you haven’t watched sports or read about sports around Christmas any time over the last 40 years.  Now, in ESPN’s defense, this story goes in-depth and explains WHY Santa Claus was booed (because he was drunk and falling all over the place).  But that’s not the point.  Even if Philly fans had booed a legitimate Santa, forty years ago, this story has been beaten to death and nobody cares.  It’s absolutely lazy journalism at its worst.  Anyone that even mentions it from now on is a terrible journalist and a terrible person.  There I said it.

jordan hill-And on a slightly more upbeat note on this Christmas Eve, I watched some of the Kansas-Arizona hoops game last night.  I’ve been hearing some buzz about Zona’s Jordan Hill being a potential lottery pick.  I couldn’t understand it, because he definitely didn’t look THAT good last year.  Last night was the first time I’ve seen him this year, and he looks like a completely different player.  He’s added a mid-range jump shot to his game, and he just looks more athletic and explosive than he did last year.  He has season averages of 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks, which have to put him in the mix for an All-American spot.  He clearly has the body of an NBA power forward and, as a junior, he’s starting to look like he has the game to go along with it.   

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