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ESPN Insanity Index

July 13, 2011

In a new series presented by LCB, we will point out, on occasion, ideas, stories, or commentary from the Worldwide Leader that they want us to believe are true but are against all logic and reason. The ESPN hype machine struck again after the US Women's soccer team's come from behind victory against Brazil in the quaterfinals in the World Cup on Sunday.  In what was a thrilling, entertaining match with many twists and turns, the US tied it up with as close as a last second goal as you can get in soccer with an incredible cross and header.  They closed it out with a win in penalty kicks, closing out an exciting sporting event.

Of course ESPN, who is televising the Women's World Cup, does what has become the norm for them in recent years for any sports on their network.  They take a great sporting event that they have televised and immediately attempt to place the event into historical context, inflating the importance of the event and in turn trying to impose ESPN's prominence and status in sports.  The perspective on the event becomes lost and blown out of proportion to an extent where we lose track of why we enjoy sports: for these exciting moments by themselves.  But ESPN goes far and beyond with the hype and over-analyzation, which culminated in a Top 10 list of most dramatic sport moments in history that was presented on SportsCenter after the game.  The USA-Brazil match was #5 all time.  All time.  Can't get more knee-jerk than that besides putting the Decision #1 (which surprisingly didn't happen)

In response to this list I went ahead and presented my more correct Top 10 list below. Not in any particular order:

The Catch: Montana to Clark
The Catch: Mays World Series
Laettner
Immaculate Reception
Buckner
Gibson
Jordan over Bryon Russell
Tyree Catch
Vince Young Rose Bowl
The Miracle On Ice (Although I don't know if this is a moment or an event)

Honorable Mention:  Joe Carter, Shot Heard Round the World, Tiger's Chip on 16, Artest Melee

5 comments:

Teach said...

one thing that would validate this game being on such a list is if the team does go onto win the World Cup, because then more of a context is provided, as opposed to one fabulous scene. right now, this game probably sits on par with the chastain shirt off moment, which also included penalty kicks.

July 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM
Teach said...

also, russ, this kind of article makes you look like a sexist pig.

July 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM
Russ said...

Yeah I realized that but I would feel this way with any event that ESPN televises. This list and the coverage afterwards to me is more about drumming up more interest for today's and possibly the championship match instead of actually giving proper due to the event itself, if that makes any sense. When you go way overboard with the hype and importance than I think your just rubbing people the wrong way and open yourself to criticism that shouldn't even take place. But that is ESPN for you.

July 13, 2011 at 11:43 AM
Teach said...

still, watching today's game...world cup soccer (guys or girls) has to be one of the best sporting events there is...love this stuff

July 13, 2011 at 1:40 PM
Russ said...

Two events that were close to happening that would have immediately made the list.

Tom Watson wins the British at age 60.
Gordon Hayward's half court miss.

July 13, 2011 at 5:45 PM

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