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Bored of ESPN

April 21, 2010 - John D'Agostino

For the first time since the football season, I was watching ESPN on Sunday morning.

During the "Sports Reporters," host John Saunders mentioned how exciting the opening Stanley Cup playoffs have been. Immediately, New York sports writer Mike Lupica dismissed his comments.

So what did those reporters, including Lupica, talk about, if not hockey? Ben Roethlisberger's sordid off-the-field moments in a bar, the first games of the overrated NBA playoffs and the first two weeks of baseball season.

After that show, "SportsCenter" opened with its recap of a 20-inning snoozer between the Mets and Cardinals (no runs were scored until the 19th inning). It then highlighted the opening of the overrated playoffs and later, the Washington Capitals' comeback from three goals down was highlighted.

A 2-1 seven-hour game more exciting than a 6-5 overtime Stanley Cup playoff thriller? It might just have to do with ESPN no longer having the contract to broadcast the NHL, but having the Mets-Cardinals on Sunday night as well as complete NBA playoff coverage through the championship.

When it started in the late '70s, ESPN was dubbed as "The total sports network." Today, its initials and slogan should be "Extremely Significant Promotional Nuggets." 


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