NFLN or ESPN or what?

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  1. Thorn

    Thorn Dirty Old Man

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    I need everyones opinion on this. NFLN the last I watched has turned into a steaming pile of dog **** and I've always hated ESPN with a passion. That doesn't leave me a whole lot to watch for football news and discussion coverage.

    What do you guys watch? And why?

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. Hookem Horns

    Hookem Horns That Server Guy Staff Member

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    I personally like the NFLN. It's improved quite a bit over the years. This time of year is the best IMO with training camp coverage and all of the preseason games.

    That said it's not something to watch for several hours a day. I just peak in here and there because there is a lot of repeat programming.

    ESPN, not so much.
     
  3. Showtime100

    Showtime100 Got JJ?

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    I feel the same way you do. I will watch whichever channel that is talking Texans or are about to. Problem is, neither really seem to talk much Texans.

    Also, I could really go the rest of my life without hearing one more word out of Michael Irvin.
     
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    Thorn Dirty Old Man

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    If I see Michael Irvin on the show, I don't watch it or delete it without watching it if I've DVR'd it.
     
  5. Vinnie

    Vinnie with an I E

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    I recorded the NFLN training camp segment that featured the Texans yesterday. It wasn't too bad, definitely better than Sportscenter. The only thing that sucked about it was that the segment aired all day and I had a lot of fast forwarding to do and there was a lot of topic repetition. Than again, isn't that all Sportscenter is?
     
  6. Playoffs

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    I agree, this is when NFLN is at its best. Inside Training Camp Live is pretty good, although it repeats.

    I've had a hard time with some of NFLN's in season coverage, as some of the personalities on there are objectionable to me.

    ESPN I can't stand any of the yelling back & forth shows or those involved. (Bayless et al) I do enjoy Mike & Mike when Mike & Mike are on, especially Golic.

    During games I watch RedZone and love it.
     
  7. Vinnie

    Vinnie with an I E

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    No doubt about that! Once the Texans game is over I watch RedZone the rest of the day.
     
  8. eriadoc

    eriadoc Texan-American

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    NFLN has some good programming and some bad programing. ESPN has some good programming, but they have leaned so far to a sensationalist bent that I have a hard time watching them in general - not to mention their clear biases on certain things.
     
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    The Pencil Neck Subscribed Contributor

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    I worked out of my living room for a long time (and I still work in a room that has a TV.)

    Before NFLN, I would have it on ESPN all day long. Then when NFLN came along, I would normally watch that although I would still turn ESPN on from time to time -- I would usually watch Cold Pizza/First Take. When First Take became the Embrace Debate BS, I stopped watching ESPN in the morning.

    Recently, I've taken to just turning the TV off unless I read some news on TT that makes me turn it on.
     
  10. Norg

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    I try and watch a mixture of both
     


  11. steelbtexan

    steelbtexan Hall of Fame

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    ESPN = All Alex Rodriguez all day

    Pass
     
  12. Double Barrel

    Double Barrel Modified Simian

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    NFLN is okay in limited dosages.

    And, I know where to watch if I want anything at all about the New York friggin' Jets. I swear they gloss that team beyond anything I can believe they deserve.
     
  13. Blake

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    Yeah, what is with that? I get it, New York, Yankees, East Coast... but can we plese get back to some actual sports news, and not sports drama? When did the sports media go from tallking about sports to talking about the TMZ bullsheet in the sports world?

    Im not sure ive seen a sing box score in the last 2 days because of Manziel and Arod.
     
  14. paycheck71

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    I can't watch ESPN for non-live sports and maybe some 30 for 30's... No one latches on to a non-story and blows it out of proportion like they do. I'll watch NFLN, but they usually rerun a lot of their stuff all day long.

    During the season, I like NFL Network's Playbook previews. I also like Turning Point on NBC Sports Network. I don't think ESPN has an X's and O's NFL program anymore. They used to have one (I think Suzy Colber hosted it), but of course all they care about is the ratings and what the herd thinks, so they run crap like First Take all day.
     
  15. Exascor

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    If I watch it's normally nfln. There's usually nothing worth viewing though. These boards are a better source for news and updates.

    Espn blows and I avoid it unless a game is on.

    Redzone is awesome. It drives my wife crazy but being able to watch out of market games is great - even if the "remote" is in someone elses hands.
     
  16. Speedy

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    I don't watch either one of them. I have my own sports network just bumping aroung the net looking at info I want, watching videos I want. For example, watched the Deion Sanders videos yesterday, one where he interviewed Ed Reed and another where he was talking to the Texans players. Watched at my own leisure, my own time, my own choosing, not ESPN's or NFLN's.

    Gone are the days of waiting through 45 minutes of Tebow talk on an hour show to get a 90 second afterthought on the Texans. I'll go find that **** myself.
     
  17. ArlingtonTexan

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    Television is just not a good medium for mundane news. The internet is way better for this type of information gathering. Training camp reviews and transaction reports are important to us hardcore fans, but really are not anything I need a visual picture.

    Now if there is an in progress, on going story, television is great. Live coverage of disaster type events is generally exceptional as is coverage of things of sports drama like Johnny football l since the viewer can get bunches of viewpoints quickly. the problem is that television knows this and tries to make stories where one does not exist.
     
  18. ChampionTexan

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    I can't say whether or not it will be back for the 2013 season, but the NFL Matchup show that Ron Jaworski has done for years (I think it started out as Edge NFL Matchup) was still around as of last season. Early Sunday mornings on ESPN2 as I recall.
     
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    Thanks! Didn't realize that. I'll watch out for it this season.
     
  20. Lucky

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    So you must really enjoy the coverage of Jets training camp.
     

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