Monday, August 3, 2009

More from The List

You may remember from earlier this year, we introduced the first few members of our list, those people that we would banish if we were in charge, for no other reason than we wanted to and could because we were in charge. This list is limited to sports figures, as clearly there are more evil people in the world that would be banished long before any sports figure.

We start at #5 -- Colin Cowherd -- ESPN Radio blowhard
I spend a lot of my free time reading, talking, watching, listening to, and thinking about sports. i spend a lot of my time that supposed to be spent on other things thinking, watching, and reading about sports. I don't understand how people who are paid to do the same thing I do for fun get their facts wrong on such a regular occasion. I understand that radio talk show hosts are trying to provoke listeners, and unpopular opinions are one of the best ways to do that. But please back up your opinions with some evidence. I also understand that a national host doesn't follow teams as obsessively as fans or local beat writers do, but spend a little time doing some research, or get one of the multitude of flunkies working for you to look things up. Cowherd is just one of many hosts to have the same problem, he stands in for the entire group due to the plagiarism issues in his past and a recent show discussing college football when he claimed that "Penn State had handled Michigan pretty well" in the last few years (they are 1-9 in their last 10 meetings).

6, 7, 8) Jim Delany, Mike Slive, & Roy Kramer -- Godfather of the BCS and its current champions
I'll admit that my distaste for Delany is not in my team's best interests. Delany's (and Slive's and Kramer's) support of the BCS is what is in the best interests of the schools in the Big Ten and SEC that they represent. The BCS keeps those two conferences rich, along with the ACC, Big 12, Big East and Pac 10, to a lesser extent, and is the biggest single thing that keeps programs like Michigan on top of the college football heap, money wise.
But like most college football fans, I want to see a playoff. And Slive and Delany, and the universities they represent, are the biggest roadblocks to that.