Credit Where Due: ESPN World Cup Soccer Coverage was Phenomenal
There are two futbols footballs in my life…, a love affair with soccer and a fiery and passionate 30+ year fling with Oakland Raiders football. Both have been the dominant sporting factors in an unbalanced lifetime affair with sports. The very day the massive egos of Major League Baseball OWNERS & PLAYERS collectively said “fuck you peion fans” by cancelling the World Series in 1984, the script was unalterably written. Soccer (futbol and football elsewhere) would occupy the remaining liluputian sized space remaining in a wee brain; space not already devoured by Raiders football minutae.
So in comes a huge event from South Africa, majestically filling the NFL offseason with international drama, sportsmanship, and athletic grace… until reading that the dreaded and incessant hype machine of ESPN would be providing the 2010 World Cup Soccer Coverage. Could a strangely timed release of a PacMan Jones styled “make it rain” video featuring Maradona snorting coke off of Kaka’s ass be far off?
Egads, ouch… ESPN, a once beautifully unique, raw and ungroomed 24/7/365 George Michael sports machine; now supersized with the requisite bloat and self importance only a meglamaniacal blend of egos produced by taking a shit in a bowl and spraying disjointed chunks of ESPN, ABC, and Disney-fied corn kernels of power bent on controlling the face of sports on the internet, airwaves and the branded chip George Bodenheimer plans to implant in your head. I’d rather listen to Jerry Glanville “talk soccer and stuff” as the corporate sellout whore occupant of the coors light cold hard facts stool of budweiser hot seat self fellating cininchilla shit… but i digress, gentle readers.
Let me make this unequivocal…
ESPN World Cup Television Coverage Was Amazing…
even Beautiful at times.
I’m really just gonna stop here… everything ESPN/ABC has done to overexploit the NFL (are there 537 former NFL “anchors” at ESPN, or have a few turks gotten us down into a manageable 514?… is Salisbury wearing pants at Bristol today?) was mercilessly left out of ESPN’s supreme soccer work. No endless “up close and personal” ESPN days spent detailing the car wash habits of Manny Ramirez Cristiano Ronaldo, no nausea inducing swirls of Sportscenter tested and approved pantone #021c orange abominations of a set…
Very, very, nicely done ladies and gentlewomen of Bristol, your coverage of the 2010 World Cup was respectful, positive, fair, and balanced… and amazingly focused on the actual drama and intrigue found innately in the beautiful game. Well done ESPN!!!