Everyone knows the media – across the spectrum of reporting and talking heads – is dominated by liberal bias and bombastic absurd opinionated claims where it says more about who they are than what they’re reporting on.
In sports, ESPN is by far and away the most liberally infested cesspool where talking heads unnecessarily trickle in politics into their sports hot takes.
But one Fox Sports analyst blasted his colleagues by saying “the media” is the second most annoying thing in sports.
Fox Sports has been stealing ESPN employees in recent years; specifically, Skip Bayless left “First Take” to join Shannon Sharpe on “Undisputed,” while more recently, Marcellus Wiley left “SportsNation” to join Jason Whitlock on “Speak for Yourself.”
Everyone knows that the more outrageous and hyperbolic the hot take is directly translates to popularity, whether it’s celebratory or critical. That’s why loudmouth Stephen A. Smith just became the highest-paid television personality on ESPN.
But sometimes these sports analysts absolutely nail it and even criticize themselves.
Fox Sports Colin Cowherd of “The Herd,” did an interesting segment where he counted down the top ten most annoying things in sports.
And coming in at number two was criticizing his profession, “the media.”
He exclaimed, “Number two. Well, the media is also annoying. I’m sometimes annoying. I don’t have anything else to say about but sometimes I can be annoying. I still contend Baker Mayfield’s got issues but I can be annoying to Baker Mayfield so… I have been annoying almost every segment of my life.”
It’s true Cowherd had Mayfield on his show and it got contentious from the start, where “The Herd” host said he’s too much of a wild card in the same way Johnny Manziel was and would never be a star in the NFL. So far, he’s wrong because although the Browns had a losing record, Mayfield shined during some of the season.
You also have to appreciate his self-deprecating nature. It’s rare that anybody in the media would criticize their profession and especially themselves in the process. You wouldn’t catch “First Take’s” Stephen A. Smith or Max Kellerman saying that in a million years because their egos wouldn’t allow it.
Some of the others he mentioned in his top-ten list are hard to argue with like at number ten was “golfers who take forever to hit the ball.” Some golfers are okay with this and granted you want to take your time to get it right considering the levity of the moment but after awhile it becomes egregious.
Cowherd said “J.B. Holmes took four minutes and ten seconds to hit a shot once,” and when a sport is already so painstakingly slow, you’ve got real problems retaining viewership when this kind of nonsense happens frequently on the golf course.
At number eight, Cowherd said, “excessive flopping in soccer,” which is a no-brainer. To add to that, it’s also one of the most hilarious things in sports when you see a soccer player fall to the ground like a ragdoll from a light breeze. It also happens in basketball but not as frequently as soccer.
But the biggest one he was one hundred percent correct about was “weak September college football schedules.” He points out that NCAA football has a full two-week window ahead of the NFL and the opening games are horrendous where “Clemson playing Citadel” and “Alabama playing Chattanooga State.” That couldn’t be more accurate.
Most importantly, he couldn’t have kept it more hundred percent in his media observation. It was refreshing.