When I get home from “real” work, I like to catch the 6 p.m. SportsCenter.
It allows me to skip Jim Rome’s Ree-dick-u-lus show, stupid PTI, all that nonsense.
But tonight, a special program (hosted by Bob Ley of course) took the place of SC…“The Vick Divide.”
People disagree on Mike Vick? I wasn’t aware.
Well, if you didn’t see it, imagine the most ridiculous town hall possible, then multiply it by the number of white ESPN anchors. (Side note: Is “The Vick Divide” some witty pun I’m not getting?)
For most of the program, Bob Ley was telling the crowd to settle down and “be civil.”
Former Falcon Terance Mathis got a lot of applause for saying “Jesus” and “God” frequently.
Terrence Moore, got booed a lot by “his city.” And the director of the Humane Society got hissed at (imagine that).
The best part was probably when Bob Ley interrupted the proceedings to cut to an ESPN breaking news update!!!! Brian Griese is getting the start for the Bears next week. Oh. Never saw that coming.
Frankly, I think ESPN knew that black Atlanta fans in the crowd (supporters of Vick) would look raucous and loud. There was basically just a lot of yelling, and one crowd member even tried to compare the punishments of Belichick and Vick (seriously). Despite how you feel, I hope it’s safe to say that people see dogfighting in different lights.
Yes, it’s illegal. But obviously, it doesn’t mean the same to you as it does to the next person.
Some people who decry dogfighting are the same people who say hunting is fine because “the animal dies quickly.” Others say it’s just part of the culture.
The bottom line is that ESPN isn’t going to solve cultural differences by having a crowd hiss and yell at media members. They know that. They want loud, in your face shows (Rome, are you still reading), which is why they showed minutes of footage of dogs fighting. Can we please move past this? Talk about the Packers. Talk about the Chargers. Hell, talk about Rex Grossman. Anything but this.