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Old 11-23-2007   #21
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great letter to ESPN. i am trying to phase them out of my life but its gonna be hard....been watching SC since the dawn of time....or at least cable.

as for their lack of even showing highlights from the HOuston-New Orleans game, that was just punk arse and pathetic and was pretty much my last straw as well. Give me Eisen and Deion on NFLN any day of the week. Even Mariucci is pretty good and they arent afraid to wack Bush across his arrogant smug 'I don't want to lose in Houston if they draft me' face.
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Old 11-23-2007   #22
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I'll take the NFLN anyday for football highlights but I was a little irked at them too. When they showed the highlights of the game, they didn't include Mario's sack. That's basically the only stat that he has to compare to against Bush and he didn't even get that.
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Old 11-23-2007   #23
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You guys are expecting sports journalism from a hype machine. Sorry, but they've become hype-mongers. I mean, what the hell is an "ultimate highlight"?? They aren't interested in accuracy, they only want to generate revenue. Remember that "Who's Now" tournament thing they did a couple of months ago? WTF was THAT about?! Like ThreeToedPete said...

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They're no different than radio shock jocks who say outrageous things to get you to call in and comment. Only ESPN uses hype and selected highlights to get you to tune in and watch - and don't forget all the Reggie Bush commercials.

And since the biggest TV mkt is on the east coast, that's who gets all the play. Dallas and Green Bay are the exceptions. Romo is a good story and I, personally, think they're lying in wait for T.O. to revert to the DramaQueen we've come to know. And everytime they say Favre should retire, he just keeps proving them wrong. I think they're waiting for the Packers to implode so they can say "see, we told you he was too old".

The only ESPN guy who gave the Texans any props this off-season was Michael Smith.
...anyone seen Michael Smith lately?

While we're on the subject of journalistic retractions, wasn't it Jaws who said early on that David Carr would challenge Jake Delhomme for the #1 job in Carolina and that the Texans paid too much for an unproven BACKUP with only two starts?? Where are the "well we blew that call" declarations from ESPN??
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Old 11-23-2007   #24
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Espn is Hollyweird, I cannot stand all the shows and such. Just like MTV does not do music videos, Espn does not do sports like they should.
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The best part of ESPN.com is Le Ann Schreiver.

She is the ESPN Ombudsman. This is how she is described:

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Ombudsman Le Anne Schreiber is the public's representative to ESPN, offering independent examination and analysis of ESPN's media outlets. The former New York Times sports editor and author will critique decision-making, coverage and presentation of news, issues and events on ESPN television and other media. Schreiber will have a two-year tenure and succeeds George Solomon, ESPN's initial Ombudsman.
In other words, she tries to keep them honest. Read her archives. There is also a button where you can send her your comments about ESPN coverage.

If you think ESPN is not telling it the way it is, well then, tell her your point of view, with logic and facts and politely, and maybe she will make it a subject of a future column.

ESPN did a Mario Williams cover story in ESPN the Magazine last year. Unfortunately, the article spent more time discussing busts of previous drafts than Williams' college career. See my writeup of it at the time:

Mario Williams: Media hackery and myths

So no wonder they don't want to hype that they jumped the gun a bit on their bust article.

Interestingly, I know that Wickersham read what I wrote and I sometimes think that he is fairer to the Texans than some because he doesn't want some crazy Texans chick tearing him a new one.

Ultimately, the Texans win, the coverage will shift. Until then, crickets. Just the way it is.
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Great info. I think I'll forward it on to her. By the way.....crickets?


Ok, I just sent it and here is the canned response......

Thank you for your submission.

Due to the volume of correspondence, the Ombudsman will not be able to respond to individual messages, but all comments will be considered for future columns.

We'll see......

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I didn't have a problem with "all-purpose yards" until last year, when ESPN decided that return yards should be added to the definition. No. You can't add the 15-20 yards that a KR gets spotted on a kickoff. No.

Fortunately, Reggie is no longer used as a returner (which is REALLY hurting ESPN's ability to feature him), but this ridiculous phenomenon has continued with Adrian Peterson, who frankly doesn't need the false stat padding.
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ESPN did a Mario Williams cover story in ESPN the Magazine last year. Unfortunately, the article spent more time discussing busts of previous drafts than Williams' college career. See my writeup of it at the time:
There was an article inside? Huh, it's just an awesome sovenier that I got signed by everyone on the cover (tracking down Mario took a year and a half!).

I think everyone has sold me on watching NFL network the day after NFL games.
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I didn't have a problem with "all-purpose yards" until last year, when ESPN decided that return yards should be added to the definition. No. You can't add the 15-20 yards that a KR gets spotted on a kickoff. No.

Fortunately, Reggie is no longer used as a returner (which is REALLY hurting ESPN's ability to feature him), but this ridiculous phenomenon has continued with Adrian Peterson, who frankly doesn't need the false stat padding.
I personally have no problem with using "all purpose yards" as a stat. This league is eaten up with stats. My problem is that ESPN gives that stat to Bush only in order to make him look better. No other RB in the league gets that luxury. What's so funny about it is that it is so obvious.
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The best part of ESPN.com is Le Ann Schreiver.

She is the ESPN Ombudsman. This is how she is described:



In other words, she tries to keep them honest. Read her archives. There is also a button where you can send her your comments about ESPN coverage.

If you think ESPN is not telling it the way it is, well then, tell her your point of view, with logic and facts and politely, and maybe she will make it a subject of a future column.

ESPN did a Mario Williams cover story in ESPN the Magazine last year. Unfortunately, the article spent more time discussing busts of previous drafts than Williams' college career. See my writeup of it at the time:

Mario Williams: Media hackery and myths

So no wonder they don't want to hype that they jumped the gun a bit on their bust article.

Interestingly, I know that Wickersham read what I wrote and I sometimes think that he is fairer to the Texans than some because he doesn't want some crazy Texans chick tearing him a new one.

Ultimately, the Texans win, the coverage will shift. Until then, crickets. Just the way it is.
About a week ago, I read her column and I sent an email to her on the topic of how ESPN is getting it wrong on a 24/7 basis. I specifically mentioned the David Carr commercials on espn where there was no oline, portraying that David was suffering at the hands of a bad oline...and then I fast-forwarded to this past offseason and the current regular season where we can see that DAVID is the one who is awful; that the sack totals have fallen dramatically since Kubiak came to Houston; that Schaub is somehow making things work with the same oline. I put it all on the table for her.

In her recent article (the one that motivated me to send her an email), she wiped the floor with ESPN's mainstay--SportsCenter--saying that it was in danger of alienating fans due to its overkill of Joe Torre/Yankees coverage, among other things that fans like us are noticing and sounding off on.

I thought it was weird that she could post a column on espn.com and have it be so critical...and STILL make it onto the espn website. She is definitely not a talking head, that's for sure.

Somebody, somewhere, is going to start an espn copy-cat station and do what espn does...but will do a solid job of reporting, therefore drawing in the espn audience. This is a ripe time for such a move, IMO.

People everywhere are disenfranchised with espn. The mystique is gone.
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I'm waiting for there reply, and I'd email them five every month until we get one. and then, go to cnn with it for a story if they dont. Awesome letter.
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I forwarded my email to the ESPN Ombudsman Le Ann Schreiber and her assistant sent me a response for her.....

A note from Le Anne:


I cannot respond personally to all the mail I receive, but I do read and take note of all complaints. When the complaints are specific to a show or to an article on espn.com, I forward them to the producer or editor in charge of that content. When there are several complaints on the same topic, I do a weekly tabulation that becomes part of a report sent to all of ESPN's top management. (I do the same for positive comments.) I cannot assure you that your complaints or mine will result in action, but I can assure you they are not lost in some cyberspace void. They are read, thought about, disseminated.


Thank you,


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Hmmmm..........I've been disseminated. Is that like a vasectomy?
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