Friday, January 26, 2007

An open letter to the folks at ESPN

Dear ESPN,

For several years now, I have enjoyed top-notch sports journalism both on your TV stations and online at Commentators like Chris Berman and ad spots like the "This is SportsCenter" series have been some of the highlights of my viewing experience, and I say that with my unholy addictions to "24" and "Lost" well in mind.

That being said, whoever was responsible for last night's highlight reel of the Jazz-Nuggets game in Salt Lake is a pathetic, biased rube who deserves to be run out into the street naked and beaten with a variety of rubber hoses, sporting goods and seafood items. In short, your segment sucked.

When I got home from last night's game, I got online to see your highlight compilation of the contest, looking forward to seeing some up-close footage of some of the action I saw from the upper bowl. But of somewhere between eight and ten seperate highlight clips, every single one showcased a Denver play, usually of (surprise) Allen Iverson or Carmelo Anthony. Every. Single. One.

Just in case you missed it, the Jazz won the game.


Now, having attended the game myself, I am well aware that there were a number of highlights on Denver's side tonight, and yes, the majority of them came at the hands of Denver's explosive combo. (Or is that "combo about to explode"?)

But the Jazz had a few highlights as well on their way to outscoring the league's hot duo, highlight's I would think might be SportsCenter-worthy.

There was that towering dunk by Jazz rookie Ronnie Brewer. You remember Brewer, don't you? He was the rookie that pretty much single-handedly turned the game around after Denver managed to put together an eleven-point lead in the third quarter. Brewer was the guy that was hitting all those dramatic reverse layups you guys forgot to patch into your highlight reel. He was also the guy that picked Carmelo's pocket like he was frozen in place.

Maybe you just don't like the idea of patching in rookie highlights. Heaven knows the refs don't like giving them calls. Maybe you could have used the shot of Paul Millsap blasting Carmelo's supposed breakaway layup out of the air. Oh, wait, Millsap's a rookie, too. Too bad.

I guess you guys just have to stick with the story, right? The "how are Carmelo and Iverson going to co-exist" angle? Well, here's the story, boys: Carmelo and Iverson co-existed just fine last night; right up until the moment they lost the game.

At least you guys got the final score right.


The Professor