As I sit at my computer making my normal rounds, I had Sportscenter on in the background. There was a time when the show was a thirty minute, compact program where some games received little or no attention. To rectify the matter, ESPN decided some time ago to make the move to a full hour long program. On a regular day, this is a non-issue. There are thousands of games and stories worth covering where some good stuff still gets cut. Throw in ESPN's ability to take the last half hour and turn it into a roundtable where various "experts" make predictions and offer analysis, and 60 minutes of show is a breeze to fill. In an extreme example such as the day after baseball's All-Star Game there are no major sporting events, so ESPN went so far as to create their own to cover in the ESPY Awards Show.
Yet, due to what I am deeming the winter sports doldrums, this morning's programming was iffy at best. For the first time that I can remember, but I preface this with my ability to pretend that auto racing does exist at all, there was a round table discussion to cover NASCAR. Seriously?
After a commercial break, Sportscenter returned with an ESPN Deportes update. ESPN Deportes? Why do I need the Spanish language version of the show to jump in and offer programming? Is it a diversification program that will eventually lead to Swaziland and Nepal getting airtime?
The ESPN Deportes break, by the way, offered soccer and boxing highlights. Ugh.
Even as I typed that last line, Sportscenter returned from another commercial witht he U.S. Army Teamwork Play of the Week. It so happened to be Devin Hester's opening kickoff return for a touchdown in the Super Bowl. Basically, we are now retreading highlights from 6 days ago to fill the hour. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind some old highlights, I just like it when they pretend to try and dress it up in a better package like a Top 10 List. Or better yet they make an entire special as in Sportscenter's 30,000 episode that is going to air Sunday night so that the whole show is composed of retread highlights, and I'm actually looking forward to that.