If you know me very well (which I'm assuming you don't) you know that I have lately gotten very annoyed at ESPN and what SportsCenter has become. It's pretty much become a show playing right into the same monotonous stories about their favorite players, such as Brett Favre, A-Rod, T.O., to name a few. I'm sick of hearing more about the NBA Finals than the Stanley Cup Finals, and then when I turn on some actual programming, I'm stuck watching some meaningless "sport" such as poker or the lumberjack whatever they call it. Since I try to keep up with sports I have to watch ESPN, and I've found a glimmer of hope in Baseball Tonight.
The more I watch Baseball Tonight and the Sunday Night Baseball telecasts, the more I love baseball. It's just a good, solid team, which is hard to find in broadcasting nowadays. They give the highlights, but the insight is really what I love to hear. Kruk and Winfield were both All-Star or Hall-of-Fame players in their day, and of course Peter Gammons, who might be the most knowledgable baseball mind there is. What I like the most about the show are the special segments they come up with, my favorite being "That's Nasty."
The thing with this group is that they don't play favorites, and they talk about what's happening on the field much more than the stuff that happens off the field. I'm done hearing about steroids and drugs and police incidents and retirement hooplah and all the other crap that SportsCenter thrives off of, and I'm ready to hear about the actual sports. I'm also sick of hearing about the made-up side stories such as the "Can Kobe with a championship without Shaq, and what does that mean for him" type of thing. It's time that ESPN got back to some good quality programming where the main focus is the game being played, not the games taking place off the field/court/etc. They've got something here going for them, but I don't know if they're smart enough to build on it.