What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
Well, to be honest, it’s actually yesterday’s moment, but the fact that I didn’t get a chance to write it until today shouldn’t diminish it’s importance.
To start this, I have to tell you a few things about myself. Although I am of a different ethnic background from Colin Cowherd, we are very similar in most other aspects. We are both educated, professional guys in our 40’s who have made a few bucks for ourselves.
However, while we have a lot of similar opinions, he gets paid by ESPN to share his three hours a day. I’m just one of those “bloggers” for which Cowherd doesn’t have a lot of respect. Don’t get me wrong, most blogs (likely including this one) do suck. Cowherd did point out a few that have elevated themselves out of the mire that is the blogosphere, but he categorized the rest as “guys eating Hot Pockets who think ESPN sucks.”
As one of those Hot Pocket-eating bloggers, I have to say Cowherd has found a way to be both right and wrong at the same time. As I’ve already said, most blogs suck. But that’s the beauty of the blogosphere; its gives people who normally would have no outlet a reasonably harmless place to scribble their rants. Nobody is forced to read it, and generally nobody does.
Enjoying the blogosphere really is an exercise of separating the wheat from the chaff. Cowherd clearly gets that, but he misses a crucial point. Just because you have no respect for the messenger doesn’t mean the message is wrong. Let’s be honest here, there are a lot of things about ESPN that do suck.
Ironically, Cowherd is one of the things about the World Wide Leader that doesn’t suck. Cowherd’s propensity for telling the truth even if isn’t all “warm and fuzzy” is a refreshing change from a sports media that is either crippled by political correctness or populated by the intellectually lazy (the best example I could find was unearthed by the good people at Boiled Sports).
See, I can identify with telling the truth even if it hurts; in fact I’m going to do it right now. Remember when the people at ESPN had talent and knew something sports? There’s no more Kenny Maynes, Keith Olbermanns, or Dan Patricks. Now there’s far too many vapor brains like Hannah Storm, Sage Steele, or Jemele Hill and moronic blowhards like Dan LeBatard, Woody Paige, or Skip Bayless. I understand you can’t fill a broadcast schedule with just Colin Cowherd or “Mike and Mike,” but if you were to comb through the blogosphere, you could easily find scores of people with a far more interesting, knowledgeable, and provocative take on sports than the Jemele Hills of the world.
Now, where did I leave that Hot Pocket?