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Summer of No ESPN



I realized last night that I no longer need ESPN in my life.   I'm done with it, certainly for the near future.

I get better, more specific baseball coverage from MLB, both online and on tv.  The analysis is better, the access to highlights quicker.

I have no interest in what happens in basketball or hockey at this point, though I'll hear enough from people around me.  What?  Lakers and Celtics again?  Yippee.

Don't want to read Simmons again, who I grew up on, but who no longer has anything in common with sports fans.  Gammons is gone, Reilly is unnecessary, Stark is trivial.  Law is a weak reflection of the BP guys, and how far can you trust a guy who doesn't think that payroll is an actual advantage. Olney is...well, I like Olney best perhaps...but he's pay anyway. 

Sportscenter is a huge time suck, and besides, we watch the Backyardigans and Curious George around here in the mornings.  If there is some amazing sports highlight now, it'll get passed around online.  If I just need to chill for a half hour, my DVR, like everyone else's, has a huge backlog of shows.

Took it off my blackberry, removed it from my listed TV channels.  Direct link to the fantasy baseball page (point for you, ESPN).  This may need adjustment once real football games are actually shown, but if I'm curious about the Browns or college news during the summer, I'm not going to sit through another discussion of McNabb/Tebow/Favre/Manning for a 20 second piece on Colt McCoy.

I need a little space ESPN, just some time to think things over, but don't hold your breath.  I know we're in the third decade of our relationship, but you just don't do it for me anyone.  I've seen all your tricks. 

What's that?  You want me to stop by and watch a world cup match?  We'll see.  Let me check the Spanish station first.

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